Coping with COVID‑19

Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically altered the way we live, work, and connect with others. On top of these changes to our daily lives, many of us have also experienced loss, grief, and trauma. These all take time to heal from. 

Everybody experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently. That said, some common difficulties that people have faced because of COVID-19 include:

  • Worries about oneself and others

  • Financial stress

  • Social isolation and loneliness

  • Uncertainty and anxiety 

  • Low mood and feelings of hopelessness 

  • Difficulties sleeping 

  • Trouble focusing 

  • Fatigue and low energy

  • The loss of someone you care about

Even though it’s been some time since the pandemic began, it is normal to still feel worried or scared about what’s going on. Many people have found it hard to function the same way that they did before COVID. If you’re having a hard time, remember that it’s not just you. Give yourself permission to feel all of your emotions. 

If you’re in medical distress or in need of urgent help, call 911. 

Resources on Coping with COVID-19

Steps towards wellness

1. Find safe ways to connect with others

If it’s not safe to gather with others, try these strategies for connecting at a distance.

Even in tough times, staying active can improve your mood & decrease anxiety.

Be kind to yourself by doing simple things you enjoy. This could be things like cooking a healthy meal or taking a relaxing bath.

We can connect you with a counsellor or crisis responder who will understand what you’re going through. They can help you get through it.

Supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic

1. Reach out to others

Social support is one of the most important things for our mental and physical well-being. Even now, many people still need to be careful about COVID-19. This means they may feel isolated or cut off from others. If somebody you care about is in this position, make a point to reach out to them.

The pandemic has brought extreme hardship for many people. Even now, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the future. Sometimes it can be helpful to try to cheer people up by focusing on the “bright side.” But it’s also important to give people space to express their feelings. Remember to be patient and empathetic.

People who are older or who have a compromised immune system are at higher risk from COVID-19. If you’re close to somebody who is vulnerable, you can help reduce their stress by offering to do things like grocery shopping for them.

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