Mental Health Amid New COVID 19 Restrictions

Yesterday, November 24, Alberta announced new COVID restrictions. While the restrictions are in place to help slow the spread and get us out of this as soon as possible, they can certainly take a toll on the mind! It’s completely normal to feel worried and overwhelmed in these difficult times. You might be wondering how to best manage your stress and anxiety.

Here are a few tips to support your mental health during this complicated time:

  • Only read, watch or listen to news when you want to. That means turn off push notifications on your phone and set aside only an hour per day to stay informed from credible and balanced sources!
  • While you can’t be together physically, stay socially connected with friends and family by phone, text and video application
    such as FaceTime or Zoom.
  • Consider finding new ways to practice self-care and stay connected, such as reading with a virtual book club, having a video dinner date, texting with friends or streaming a group fitness class.
  • Get some fresh Alberta air! If you’re not required to self-isolate for 14 days, consider going outdoors for a walk. Walking is a great form of passive exercise and can allow you to clear your head while getting outside.

Remember, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation.

The current COVID-19 situation can have an impact on your mental health. Practicing physical distancing makes it even more important that we make an extra effort to remain emotionally connected. These are just a few tips that can support good mental well-being.