Social Distancing and Your Mental Health
Canadian public health authorities have been clear about the need to use “social distancing” to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus. But social distancing can be challenging for positive mental health.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to maintain a healthy mind and body while we work to tackle this pandemic together:
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. There are many tools and applications available to us through our mobile devices or computers that allow us to connect with friends and family remotely. Try out a virtual play date for your kids or organize a virtual “happy hour” with friends or family on video chat. You can even try out a collaborative game app to feel connected!
- Keep moving
Exercising, even in normal circumstances, helps as a treatment for anxiety. It’s even more important during uncertain and stressful times to make movement a priority. Go for a walk (keeping the recommended social distance), try out a workout video on YouTube, or do a quick stretch to help get the endorphins flowing.
Give yourself a break
Make time each day to do something you enjoy. This is especially important for those working from home, where “start of day” and “end of day” boundaries can blur into personal time. Not only will this give you something to look forward to each day, but it helps your brain relax and reset. Some suggestions are reading, painting, meditation, gardening, watching a favourite movie, or trying out a new recipe.
Make use of resources available to you
If you are struggling during these unprecedented times, know that you are not alone. Fortunately, there are many resources available to you. Whether you are worried that you may be experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or need help coping with anxiety, there are resources available. We’ve linked to a few of these resources below.
World Health Organization | Coping with stress during the Coronavirus outbreak
Government of Canada | COVID-19 Symptom Self Assessment Tool
Government of Canada | Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan