It seems like overnight we have found ourselves living in a vastly different landscape. The routines that give order to our days are no longer available to us. The need to avoid close contact with other people is very difficult as we are by nature social beings. All of this is having a definite impact on the state of our mental health. Fortunately, there are resources available that provide useful tips and strategies for coping.
Maintaining contact with family, friends and members of our community is very important during times of stress. Fortunately, with access to social media, cell phones and other messaging tools, we can still stay in touch despite the need for physical distance.
In an effort to help in some small way, we have put together several useful links containing updated information, strategies for coping, and ways of reaching out for help.
Health Canada – Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. There are numerous articles available for dealing with mental health.
CAMH News Links – Sites, resources and suggestions from CAHM to help support mental health.
Public Health Ontario – Partners with the government to help prevent illness and improve health.
MHCC – The Mental Health Commission of Canada spearheads the development and distribution of groundbreaking programs and tools that support the mental health of Canadians.
The Lancet – Independent, international weekly medical journal striving to make science widely available and providing scientific context. They offer insightful articles on topical issues influencing health.
Some of the practical steps to cope with anxiety recommended by psychologists include:
- The prudent use of social and other media
- Practice proper hygiene
- Focus on the positive things in your life
- Maintain a routine
Keeping a positive but realistic mindset is very important. The more we know the better prepared we feel. This can help significantly in reducing our stress. We hope that the links provided in this article will keep you informed and updated and give you some measure of assurance.