3 Key Strategies to Take Care of Your Mental Health During the Pandemic
Since March of last year, the world has plummeted into a state of emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of cases still high, and the rate of vaccinations lower than anticipated, it seems as though we won’t be returning to a ‘normal’ for a while.
The effects have taken a toll on everyone physically, emotionally, and financially, which has brought on new challenges and feelings of uncertainty for everyone. With all of these stressors hitting simultaneously, coupled with not being isolated at home--the compounding impact can be quite overwhelming.
Here are some key strategies that we believe you can adopt to be proactive in caring for your mental well-being.
1. Education and Support
Mental health problems are critical and, in many cases, quite challenging to identify - especially for parents and caregivers. Educating yourself on the possible mental illness symptoms can help determine if professional help is needed for your loved one. By equipping yourself with this vital knowledge, you will be able to support someone who might be suffering from a mental health challenge and potentially prevent something catastrophic.
Something important to realize is that everyone is dealing with this pandemic differently. Certain groups of people like people who live alone or healthcare workers are more likely to have higher stress levels. It’s important to know that you are not alone and that many services are available.
Some helpful resources are utilizing telehealth platforms to access a therapist to speak too virtually. This is an asset that RD Psychotherapy offers if you are interested in trying therapy virtually. Additional resources include the Health Canada Wellness platform, which offers many different links and apps to provide you with the right direction to get the proper assistance. Other sources are Crisis Services Canada and the Canadian Crisis hotline, which are available 24/7 and can help guide you in the right direction. The first step in seeking help is acknowledging that you need it, and the second is reaching out to get assistance, so we recommend utilizing all of these resources available to you.
3. Daily Self Care
Self-care has been given a lot of importance and attention in the last year and can make a huge difference in your mental health. Self-care is all about making time for activities that prioritize your mental, emotional, and physical health. Here are some forms of self-care you could try incorporating into your routine:
Balanced screen time
Daily affirmations and positive thoughts
Me time - Give yourself some time to unwind
Stay connected with your friends and family
Regulate your sleeping schedule
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of many people around the world, which has impacted their mental health in unprecedented ways. The best way we can support ourselves through this is to be more proactive and focus on our mental well-being.
To learn more about our services at RD Psychotherapy please contact us today!