COVID-19 and Mental Health
Living with COVID-19 can cause anxiety and worry in all of us. Whether you're concerned about the health of your loved ones or worried about what the future may hold, there are mental health supports available to help you.
For more information about support in Saskatchewan visit - Find Mental Health Support in Saskatchewan.
Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Mind
- Maintain perspective
- It can be a tough time that can awaken anxiety in many of us. When you feel anxious, take a few deep breaths. It’s important to remember that this will pass. And remember: we have some of the best minds working on a solution every day.
- Limit media intake
- It’s important to keep up-to-date with news, but don’t let the 24/7 news cycle control your life. Know when to switch off. Repeated exposure can increase feelings of anxiety.
- Choose reliable media outlets
- There is a lot of information out there, whether it be on the television, radio or online. Make sure the information you are accessing is from a reputable source. If you use the internet, only look at reliable sources of information that are updated regularly, such as Health Canada, The Public Health Agency of Canada, a provincial health authority, and the World Health Organization.
- Follow government advice
- COVID-19 is an evolving issue and recommendations evolve as we learn more. Know that the Canadian government is updating its guidelines as more information becomes known. Be sure you check official government sources often to stay up-to-date. Continue to follow social distancing guidelines (6 feet); wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and limit your outings to essential ones only.
- Stay connected
- Don’t let physical distancing turn into emotional distancing. Stay in touch with your friends and family regularly by phone or online via video calls or social media. You can try modern means like Zoom or FaceTime so you can see each other’s faces, or you can make a phone call. Whichever way you do it, try and make time to connect with someone at least once a day.
Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Body
- Like a baby. Inhale, so your belly fills with air as you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth as you pull your belly button back towards your spine. Do this at least twice a day, 10 breath cycles each time. It will calm you, oxygenate your body and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
- Get up!
- Get up and walk around for 2 minutes every hour and you will feel so much better.
- Fuel your body & hydrate
- Make sure you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet. It can be tempting to resort to unhealthy comfort foods, but the comfort these give you will be temporary. Fueling your body with healthy foods will boost your mood and keep you as healthy as possible. Likewise, hydration is key to making sure your body, brain and vital organs are ready to function. Make sure you adapt slowly to the daily increase of water intake. Take it one cup at a time.
- Sit and stand properly
- Check your sitting and standing posture to make sure your weight is evenly distributed and your spine is neutral.
- Look up from your computer screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Look as far as you can see - notice details of the walls, ceiling or out of your window.
- Get your blood flowing
- In addition to regular stretches, consider using a tennis ball under your feet and your glutes to get the blood flowing.
- Sleep well
- If you are a back sleeper, place a pillow under your knees or if you are a side sleeper, place a pillow between your knees. This will put your pelvis in a better position and your low back will be much happier. Make sure to have a regular sleep schedule. Let your mind and body rest.
- Get your body moving. Everyone’s ability to exercise is different, but it’s important to find a type of exercise that works for you. It will help you stay active and boost your mental health. (See our suggested exercises.)
- Stay healthy
- If you have an existing lung disease, it is important you continue to treat your condition. Make sure you continue to take your prescribed medication and follow your action plan, if you have one. It’s more important than ever to keep your body as healthy as possible.
- Quit smoking
- We know quitting isn’t easy, but now may be the right time to try and quit. Smoking may expose you to developing a more severe case of COVID-19, should you get it.