A lot of places talk about how COVID-19 has taken a financial toll on Canadians. But alongside job uncertainty and economic concern, the pandemic has also taken an emotional toll on a lot of people. And with talk of infectious variants and a third wave coming, nobody would blame you for wondering if the pandemic is ever going to end.
If you’ve been feeling down lately and the isolation has been getting to you, we’re here to help. Here are our top tips for keeping your mental health in good shape as the pandemic goes on.
Tip #1: Try to Connect With People Through Virtual Means
If there’s one thing we’ve all been learning during the pandemic, it’s that sometimes there’s nothing warmer than the hug of a loved one. Chances are that we all have friends and family members we haven’t seen because of the pandemic. But even if you can’t pack up and spend the weekend with family like you used to, that doesn’t mean that you can’t connect on the phone or through Zoom. Try to remember that physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social distancing.
Tip #2: Do What You Can to Take Care of Yourself
For many folks, the pandemic has been a time of going back to the basics. If you’re finding yourself going stir-crazy or feeling down, now may be a good time to consider self-care activities like:
- Being active for a few minutes of the day
- Eating healthy home-cooked meals
- Drinking more water and tea
- Getting high-quality rest
It’s amazing how doing nice things for yourself can completely refresh your mindset.
Tip #3: Have a Plan Ready
It isn’t fun to think about, but the pandemic has been teaching us all a lot about how short life really is. To that end, there’s a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of in the event of your passing.
Keep your passwords stored somewhere safe, sort out your will, and update your life insurance. Now is as good a time as any to explore quotes and put contingency plans in place.
The pandemic is shaping up to be the kind of event that people will be talking about for years to come. But the good news is that even though it may not be easy, you can protect your mental health during these trying times by focusing on the things that are within your control.
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