Coping through COVID-19

It’s OK to not be OK

If you’re feeling anxious, scared or even feeling detached like you’re watching this all unfold in a movie, you’re not alone. Each of us has our own reaction to the current situation and our own way to manage the stress and uncertainty that comes along with it.

However you are coping…or struggling, with the COVID-19 situation, know that you are not alone and that many other people are feeling exactly the same way as you.

Take a deep breath

Even if you’ve never meditated before, this is a great time to start. There are lots of online tutorials on YouTube and many podcasts that you can try. Being a solo activity, meditation is a great way to bring some calm and balance into your life.

Just the facts…

Telling you to ignore all the commentary and focus on just the facts can feel like being asked to ignore all the carbon atoms and just breath in the oxygen! How can you possibly tell the difference? In a world of 24/7 news cycles and constant social media postings, this can be a challenge. One way to help ensure that you are getting facts, and not editorial or speculation, is to listen to public health officials and medical experts. Sites that offer the most accurate and up-to-date information available include:

World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada

Tried and true

There are methods that have been shown to be effective ways to manage stress and anxiety including getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, staying well hydrated, exercising and talking with others about how you’re feeling.

There is no doubt that these are difficult times. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please talk to a medical professional and take good care of yourself.