It’s an odd time. For many of us, this is the first time in our life time which we, as a society, have experienced such an unpredictable present and future. During this time, it is important to remember that it’s OK to not be OK. Millions of people across Canada (and the world!) are facing the same worries and challenges that you are. Feeling anxiety or depression is a common reaction in times of uncertainty or when there’s a perception of danger. The COVID-19 situation certainly qualifies as such a time. This is something new and worrying that we are all facing together. And while it is OK to not be feeling OK, it is also important to take care of your mental health.

Here is a list of some steps that can help reduce the feelings of depression and anxiety, and still maintain spatial distancing:

This is a time to sustain. To find ease where we can in a world which is rapidly placing us into chaos of frequent change and unknown.  Very few of us sees maintenance and care as productive. But we absolutely need to see self-care as a productive act.  

The coming weeks need to be a time to focus on ourselves, our communities, and our loved ones. It should be a time to move slowly, deliberately and consciously – without feelings of guilt. It is a time that we need to make time and space for ourselves. Self-care doesn’t require you to go outside or spend a lot of money. Adding small changes to your routine can make a big difference to your overall mood and well-being. Make your health your priority!