Coping with a Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 has changed lives worldwide seemingly overnight. Everyone is impacted in some way. 

We’ve collected a few videos, articles,, and links that might help you cope with a rapidly changing world. 

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. 

It is not uncommon to feel feelings of:

  • Fear, anxiety, depression, and resentment
  • Stress from time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security 
  • Stress from challenges securing necessary items
  • Concern about others you care for
  • Loneliness, anger, boredom, and uncertainty
In the resources below, some of the most common tips include: 
  1. Being mindful of how much news you are exposed to, if they are reliable sources, and if hearing more about things that are out of your control makes you feel better or worse
  2. Maintaining a sense of normalcy or routine as much as possible, or start a new “quarantine routine”. However, also take a bit of an opportunity to slow down
  3. Staying connected virtually to friends and loved ones. Take the time to video chat with or call friends you might have lost touch with
  4. Practicing mindfulness and physical exercise when possible

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Other Resources

For tips on how to manage fear and anxiety around COVID-19 (including interacting with the healthcare system), go to: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

CMHA also has a list of tips that can help cope with new information: http://ontario.cmha.ca/news/cmha-offers-tips-to-support-mental-health-amid-concerns-of-covid-19-pandemic/

Also, do seek out good news and uplifting stories of neighbour neighbours, like this:

Here is a good backgrounder on behavioural health and infectious disease, including isolation and quarantine: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

This blog post provides some advice from the current COVID-19 pandemic in North America: https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-guide-how-manage-anxiety-and

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has prepared this presentation on supporting yourself and others:

   

In addition to our free online course on mindfulness (see below if you haven’t taken that yet) , there’s also lots of good content on YouTube. Here’s a video of one of the leaders of mindfulness based treatment leading a session at Google:

There’s lots of information out there. In Canada, the most reliable sources of information are your provincial or territoral government, and the Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

The BC Ministry of Health also has a self-assment available, that will provide guidance based on your symptoms and exposure in BC: covid19.thrive.health

There’s lots of video workouts available for free all the time – but there’s also a few Canadian studios that are offering their classes online (usually via YouTube or Instagram) that don’t normally do so.

https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/free-online-fitness-programs-to-check-out-from-6-canadian-gyms

YYoga Livestream schedule: https://yyoga.ca/blog/live-stream-schedule

If you’re new to working out at home, here’s a good how-to to get you started: 

https://www.sunlife.ca/ca/Tools+and+Resources/Health+and+Wellness/Fitness+and+family+health/6+tips+for+working+out+at+home?vgnLocale=en_CA

This will likely be one of the most common things people experience at some point. Here’s a few suggestions for keeping that at bay:

1. Don’t focus too much on your old “to do” list. While this might be a good time to get caught up on cleaning or organizing you’ve been putting off, it’s also a good time to try something new

2.  There’s a pretty good chance your library has free e-books available

3. There’s lots of free services available to help you learn. One place to look is YouTube’s learning channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtFRv9O2AHqOZjjynzrv-xg

4. It will be important to keep a routine, so go ahead and make a schedule like you normally do, but find new things to put in there that are accessible in this time. 

Here’s a colection of articles about how to work from home that include topics form technology to time management

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/23/21175407/remote-work-working-from-home-guide-how-to-tips-video-conference-calls-laptops-zoom-slack

This article is from the Vancouver Sun, but has a good collection of things like colouring sheets, educational resources, and neat webcams to check out that parents everywhere can use:

https://vancouversun.com/health/covid-19-bored-kids-check-out-these-free-vancouver-online-resources/

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