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 (rtwdm@sfu.ca).