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A lot is going on in the world right now, leaving many of us feeling worried or overwhelmed. Although this is natural, it can have a negative affect on our mental health. Below, we’ve outlined a list of tips for dealing with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physical distancing may be necessary, but social distancing isn’t. Even though it may not be possible to see the ones we love in person right now, that doesn’t mean we should stop communicating with them altogether. Staying connected to your friends and family during this trying time is critical to our mental health. Schedule a video call through video messaging applications such as What’s App or FaceTime, pick up the phone, or keep up to date with friends via social media.
Exercising has always been known to improve mental health, but during COVID-19 it’s more important than ever. Regular exercise can reduce stress and anxiety and even help you sleep better. If you’re self-isolating at home, look up a fitness video on YouTube or run up and down the stairs. If you’re not self-isolating, then going for a long walk, run, or bike ride outside is a great option - but remember to keep your distance from others.
With practically every news outlet reporting on COVID-19 around the clock, it can be easy to get sucked into watching the news for hours at a time. But ultimately, this isn’t healthy and will likely just make you more anxious than before. In addition to being mentally draining, watching or reading the news constantly puts you more at risk of seeing false information. Remember not to trust every piece of news you read on social media or even that you hear on television. We recommend checking credible news sources, like the World Health Organization or Health Canada, for updates one or two times per day. There is no denying that the information we absorb affects how we feel. For the benefit of our mental health, it’s important to take a break and limit news intake to a few times a day.
There’s currently no end in sight for this global pandemic, which means we have to make our mental health a priority. To learn more about prevention and how to help others who may be suffering, consider taking the Psychological First Aid course with L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training.