COVID-19 and Your Well-being
We know this is an uncertain and uneasy time for many people and families. We encourage you to focus on self-care practices to support your physical, social and emotional well-being. Here are 7 things you can do:
- Stay socially connected even with the need for social distancing or self-isolation. Use technology – stay connected with colleagues, friends and family with Facetime, Zoom or other video conferencing, or by phone.
- Get plenty of sleep. Having enough quality sleep will help you cope and deal with stress.
- Continue to eat healthy to ensure your brain and body are able to handle stress and prevent illness.
- Exercise. Participate in activities that are outside or at home such as nature walks or online yoga.
- Practice mindfulness. There are plenty of apps and online resources available to guide you.
- Be compassionate and understanding of others. This is a stressful time for everyone.
There are many new and existing resources that you can access virtually:
- Employee & Family Assistance Program – Confidential, professional counselling is available for you and your family members (online or by phone). Phone: 1-800-663-1142. We encourage all staff to create an online account to access a variety of resources.
- Wellness Together Canada – Tools and resources to help Canadians during this challenging time. Includes modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression
- COVID-19: Stay Well in Uncertain Times – Tools & tips to stay well through the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes strategies for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- COVID 19: Stay in Touch with Others
- Bounce Back – Free, evidence-based program designed to help youth & adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood or stress, with or without anxiety. Teaches effective skills to help people improve their mental health.
- HeretoHelp – Information about managing mental illness and maintaining good mental health, including screening self-tests.
- Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre – Confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide. Call 604-872-3311.
- Psychologist Support – Psychologist benefits through Pacific Blue Cross for those who have extended health benefits (to check eligibility and coverage, login to your PBC Member Profile).
- Mindfulness meditation – Drop-ins for staff, faculty and students through Zoom. No experience necessary.
- HR’s Wellness & Recovery Team – Advice and resources relating to return to work, sick leave and workplace accommodations (firstname.lastname@example.org).