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Supporting Mental Health During The Pandemic

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The spread of the novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, is unlike anything in recent memory. Quite suddenly, the spread of the virus and the measures taken to contain it have caused vast changes to all aspects of modern life. Many businesses have been forced to pivot to online models with a remote workforce; others, dependent upon humans coming together, are facing real fears about the future.

In this time, it is critical to look out for one’s mental health. This is an unprecedented situation and a range of emotions are to be expected. Additionally, we are in an era of constant information – an era some have referred to as an “info-demic”. The onslaught of quickly changing information (and in some cases, misinformation) can add to fears and anxiety.

Some ways to support mental health include for yourself and your circle of loved ones include:

Limit News Consumption

We live in an era of 24/7 news coverage, which can be especially unsettling at this time. If you are finding it distressing, dedicate a specific window of time to read/watch updates related to the pandemic. Outside of that, try to find other ways to fill your time that don’t involve regular consumption of the news. If you really feel a need to stay current, try to focus on more positive news stories. They exist, just a bit harder to find in the mainstream newsreel.

Choose Trusted Sources

Social media sites can be a source of misinformation at the best of times, and unfortunately that has not changed in light of the pandemic. When seeking information and updates related to COVID-19, consider the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, or your regional public health authority. Do not let yourself get pulled into the rumour mill.

Stay Connected

In recent days, language has shifted from “social distancing” to “physical distancing”. This is to emphasize that while gathering with others is not permitted, it is important to stay connected in other ways such as phone calls and video chats. Not only for your own personal health, but also to check-in on your family, friends, and team. There are plenty of people who are isolated on a typical day, wherein work was their social outlet. Those are the ones most at risk of depression.

Change Your Perspective

For some people it is easy to look at the bright side, for others not so much. Take the effort to change your thought process. If you are stuck at home, maybe take it is a vacation where you have a chance to spend time with your family. Enjoy the milestones and memories together. This will pass and a new normal will emerge.

Maybe it is a time to tap into your creative outlets and hobbies. Explore and take the time to discover or rediscover your interests. There are plenty of online special interest groups that will allow you to pursue these passions.

Get Outside

If you live in a jurisdiction that permits going outside for daily exercise, it is very good to do so. Some fresh air and sunlight can help support mental health, especially in this trying time. Just be sure to follow the advice of your local public health officials regarding keeping a physical distance from others.

Look into Options for Support

If your company offers an Employee and Family Assistance Program, ask your program administrator for details on how this program may help. Many programs offer counselling options, which can often be done remotely. If you are a business leader and your company offers an EFAP, be sure to communicate the details of the program to your team.

This is a challenging time, but we will get through this together. If you are feeling stress, fear, or anxiety our team is hear to be an open ear.

Here to Help

If you are struggling during this trying time, Honiva Consulting Ltd. is here to help. If you have questions surrounding how to manage your staff during this time, are unsure of financial aid programs and employee management options to keep your business afloat, or need help navigating swiftly-changing labour legislation, do not hesitate to contact us. At this time we are extending our payment terms to enable business owners the flexibility they need to navigate the new unknown and receive the information they need to make critical decisions without exposing themselves to legal risks that could derail future recovery and rebuilding efforts.

We can be reached for a free confidential consultation at +1-403-470-5350 or [email protected].

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