If you are experiencing increased anxiety and stress, remember:
- Feelings of anxiousness and stress are natural responses to uncertainty and possible danger. It is when these feelings of anxiety continue to increase and impact your day-to-day functioning that it may be time to explore supports to improve your mental wellness
- While it is important to keep informed through reliable news sources, notice if you are becoming triggered by information overload. Take a break – get outside for some fresh air and sunshine.
- We lessen emotional responses to times of stress by “doing” – plan how you can do things to take care of yourself during the pandemic that are within your control. For instance, washing your hands, organizing your day to incorporate self-care, and make a note of creative ways to connect with friends and family members, while minimizing your number of crowd interactions
- When your usual coping strategies are not working, and your feelings of stress and anxiety are leading to maladaptive feelings, thoughts and behaviours, please consider seeking professional supports. If you are interested in counselling during this time of social distancing, there are several options available including secure virtual/online and telephone counselling.