As we continue to practice physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our social groups and day-to-day routines have changed dramatically. All of these life changes, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, can have impacts on our mental health. It is with this in mind that we have created the following list of mental health resources.
If you, or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues, please know you are not alone! Please see the following resources, created by our clinicians, for your mental and emotional well being. From stress relieving relaxation techniques such as meditation guides, to advice on nutrition and curbing anxiety, we hope these resources can assist you at this time.
Daily well-being checklist
- Psychologist Dr. Mary Ross has devised this simple daily checklist to gently guide you along the right path each day. She emphasizes small steps, gratitude, and self-compassion at this time.
- In the spirit of self-compassion, here are some ways you can practice being compassionate to yourself.
- Are you stressed out about your diet? Registered Dietitian Sara Friedrich suggests treating yourself with compassion at this time using the practice of intuitive eating. Sara, along with Registered Dietitian Britney Lentz also hosted a webinar on intuitive eating and the recording can be found on our website.
Parenting during COVID-19
- Family health nurse practitioner Amra Dizdarevic has advice on parenting during COVID-19, along with physical and mental health resources for children. Amra also ran a webinar on parenting during COVID-19, and the recording can be listened to on our website.
Keeping active at home
- Moving our bodies is important, and daily exercise not only benefits physical health, but also our mental health. Kinesiologist Hayley Kaczanowski has some tips on staying active in self-isolation.
- Kinesiologist Melanie Portal hosted a webinar on keeping active at home, and the recording can be found on our website.
- More resources for at home workouts can be found on Copeman TV!
Managing anxiety during COVID-19
- Uncertainty surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic, which comes with increased levels of anxiety. Psychologist Dr. Jaleh Shahin has some tips on curbing anxiety during COVID-19.
Advice on living in a COVID world
- We are not used to socially and physically distanced living. Psychiatrist, and Chief Neuroscience Officer at TELUS Health, Dr. Diane McIntosh, has some advice on living in a socially distanced world, as well as navigating COVID-19.
- Does the news cause you anxiety? We hear you. Dr. Diane McIntosh also writes about how to avoid misinformation in terms of medical information, so you can ensure you have accurate facts without the stress of inflammatory headlines.
Meditation and mindfulness
- Meditation is a stress relieving practice that can be done anywhere. Join Registered Dietitian and yoga instructor Heather Feldmann, on this guided meditation.
- In the spirit of mindfulness and meditation, here are some mindfulness exercises to reboot the anxious brain.
- Registered dietitian Britney Lentz has a guide to eating mindfully, which helps ensure you are not over, or under-eating due to stress.
- Every day we have something to be grateful for, even if it is something small. Science has shown that the practice of gratitude improves your physical and mental health. Try writing down three things you are grateful for every day.
- Gratitude can also build resilience and mental toughness!
Impact of stress
- De-stressing is important, read more about the impacts of stress on the body, as written by Dr. Tracy Thompson, Family Physician.
On mental illness
- The presence of mental illness — whether in you, or your loved ones — may be especially prevalent at the moment, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Read more on the stigmatization of mental illness with this article by registered psychologist Richelle Mottosky.
On romantic relationships
- COVID-19 has challenged the strongest of bonds – and relationship stress can affect our mental health. You may be suffering from too much time with your partner, or not enough. Psychologist Dr. Jaleh Shahin has some advice on sex and intimacy during COVID-19.
We hope these resources are helpful to you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our COVID-19 page for more updates. If you have further questions, or would like to speak with a mental health professional, please contact us.