The world is a stressful place right now. With the news of the COVID-19 outbreak reaching Manitoba last week, our province and community is working to keep everyone safe.
But as self-isolation sets in, so can panic and worry. This causes stress to be at an all-time high, and uncertainty and confusion to become commonplace. And while we worry about the physical health of ourselves and others around us, we also need to check in on our mental health.
Here are some ways to help:
Limit News Intake
In the connected world we live in, it can seem like our news feeds are full of updates 24/7. It can be hard to switch off or look away. If that’s the case, put limits on your intake of news and social media. Restrict yourself to scrolling only at certain times a day, and remember to unplug at least 30 minutes before bed to help insure you get a good night’s rest.
Use Trusted Sources.
Not all news is created equal. While it’s important to stay up-to-date with new information, in times of crisis a lot of false information spreads quickly. Be sure to use trusted sources such as the World Health Organization and Shared Health Manitoba for updated information. If you are unsure of the credibility of information you’ve received, we’d be happy to help direct you to finding answers.
Look for the Good.
Amid all the news of businesses closing, people hoarding toilet paper, and more reports of cases being confirmed, there’s plenty of great examples of amazing people in our community going above and beyond to keep our spirits up. When scrolling social media, be sure to look for these moments, and give yourself permission to smile and laugh when you can
Get Some Exercise.
With all of us practicing social-distancing, it’s easy to lose yourself in Netflix night after night. But exercise has been shown to aid in mental health. Be sure to continue getting regular exercise, not only for your mental health, but your physical health too! Getting outside for a walk is a great way to incorporate some fresh air (keeping your distance from others of course), and many fitness centres are offering free online “classes” in lieu of their studios being closed.
Call a Loved One.
Now more than ever it’s easy to see that despite our connectivity online, humans still need face-to-face communication. And although this can be difficult in isolation, be sure to stay connected. Call an elderly family member to chat. FaceTime and have a dance party with your family. Or play a long-distance game of Battleship with a friend. Get creative!
If you are struggling with your mental health, do not be afraid to ask for help. While we are not mental health practitioners, we can help you get in touch with those who can help.