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COVID-19 UPDATE

Staying Sane in a challenging time. –Taking care of ourselves and others

Here are my Staying Sane tips:

  • Acknowledge anxiety/emotions; accept them with compassion (kindness) and remind yourself: “How I feel will pass.”
  • Take time out for feelings, mindfulness and deeper breathing… or… meditation, leaning against a tree or a rock, looking up at the sky, sitting by the ocean… lying on the earth.
  • Take time outside, in nature. Walk, separately, together with a friend.
  • Remember: you may feel alone, but we’re all in this together.
  • Reframe your situation: explore how you can use this increased quiet time, e.g. journal-writing, exercises you can do at home (youtube), connect with friends on the phone or video connection, get going on projects you wanted to get to but didn’t have time for.
  • Ask for what you need and ask others what kind of support they need. Helping someone else helps us.
  • Practice gratitude: giving thanks for small or “large” things—a small blue flower in the grass, a health minister you trust—is known to help mental health.
  • Do something creative: write, paint, draw, play music, or learn new skills, take online courses.
  • Remind yourself: My effort makes a difference. Everyone’s care matters greatly now (actually it always did, we just don’t necessarily realize that).
  • Plan your daily life and try to keep to a schedule that is both clear and kind. Make sure to give yourself weekends or equivalent; this is not likely to be a brief crisis.
  • Maintain good routines: sleep, good food and exercise, supportive supplements (free advice available at Natureworks and Country Grocer).
  • Think about who you like to connect with and make phone or skype/facetime connections, or increase email or social media connections.
  • Check social media theories about what’s going on, how bad the crisis is etc. with reliable news sources and gov. Canada sites. Be a critical thinker.
  • Enjoy your animals, if you have pets.
  • Maintain existing supports as much as possible.
  • Stay informed with Covid-19 updates, but avoid  becoming obsessive; follow guidelines: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
  • Make a budget for yourself for the next two or more months to reduce money anxiety: know what you have to pay and what you can put off. Stick to your budget, so you don’t make yourself more anxious. If you can’t make it work out, make a phone/video appointment with your bank/credit union.
  • Check out the ways you might benefit from the various forms of federal government aid

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19- economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

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Staying Sane in a challenging time. –Taking care of ourselves and others

In this global Covid-19 health crisis, supporting ourselves and each other takes on a new dimension with the increase in physical isolation, personal stress and generalized anxiety about how the spread of the coronavirus is going and how we will get through it. There are multiple stresses to contend with—physical and mental health, worry about getting sick, work issues and financial fears.

It is quite likely we all feel “different” than our “usual” self these days. We can expect to go through feelings of shock and overwhelm and then at various times find ourselves absorbed in the moment and forgetting that this crisis is going on. This is to be expected. We could be cooking a meal, having a laugh, taking a walk—and then, when we return to the coronavirus reality, find ourselves instantly overwhelmed or in shock again. Really? We may be thinking. This is my world now? We can remind ourselves that strong shifts in our awareness are normal for this kind of collective change. If you feel strangely calm or find yourself extra irritable, or easily upset, crying suddenly, wired or flat, depressed or anxious, it’s likely that, if any of these symptoms are unusual for you, it’s a temporary reaction to this global situation.

There is an odd irony to our situation, which I hope you too may be experiencing. It’s a strong spirit of pulling together and a renewed desire to be kind and gentle with each other, and that is very encouraging. We have not lost “community”, even though we are more physically separate. As we express and share our desire to know how others are, what they need and we say what we need, we may find that in spite of physical distance there is also a growing sense of cohesion and closeness.

Here are my Staying Sane tips:

  • Acknowledge anxiety/emotions; accept them with compassion (kindness) and remind yourself: “How I feel will pass.”
  • Take time out for feelings, mindfulness and deeper breathing… or… meditation, leaning against a tree or a rock, looking up at the sky, sitting by the ocean… lying on the earth.
  • Take time outside, in nature. Walk, separately, together with a friend.
  • Remember: you may feel alone, but we’re all in this together.
  • Reframe your situation: explore how you can use this increased quiet time, e.g. journal-writing, exercises you can do at home (youtube), connect with friends on the phone or video connection, get going on projects you wanted to get to but didn’t have time for.
  • Ask for what you need and ask others what kind of support they need. Helping someone else helps us.
  • Practice gratitude: giving thanks for small or “large” things—a small blue flower in the grass, a health minister you trust—is known to help mental health.
  • Do something creative: write, paint, draw, play music, or learn new skills, take online courses.
  • Remind yourself: My effort makes a difference. Everyone’s care matters greatly now (actually it always did, we just don’t necessarily realize that).
  • Plan your daily life and try to keep to a schedule that is both clear and kind. Make sure to give yourself weekends or equivalent; this is not likely to be a brief crisis.
  • Maintain good routines: sleep, good food and exercise, supportive supplements (free advice available at Natureworks and Country Grocer).
  • Think about who you like to connect with and make phone or skype/facetime connections, or increase email or social media connections.
  • Check social media theories about what’s going on, how bad the crisis is etc. with reliable news sources and gov. Canada sites. Be a critical thinker.
  • Enjoy your animals, if you have pets.
  • Maintain existing supports as much as possible.
  • Stay informed with Covid-19 updates, but avoid becoming obsessive; follow guidelines: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus- disease-covid-19.html
  • Make a budget for yourself for the next two or more months to reduce money anxiety: know what you have to pay and what you can put off. Stick to your budget, so you don’t make yourself more anxious. If you can’t make it work out, make a phone/video appointment with your bank/credit union.
  • Check out the ways you might benefit from the various forms of federal

government aid

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19- economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

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