10 Mental Health Tips for Dealing With COVID-19 (and all those other bloody variations)

I had posted a couple of articles previously about what the mental health experts are saying in the Province of Quebec. These posts were based on summarization and quotes from the December edition of Quebec’s L’actualité magazine. Their 10 mental health tips are;

  1. AVOID THOUGHTS THAT ARE HARMFUL OR EXXAGERATIONS OF CASTROPHE: Remember that this crisis will pass just like all other human crises have.
  2. SEARCH IN YOUR TOOLBOX: What strategies can you devise to deal with the pandemic?
  3. GIVE YOURSELF THE TIME TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN ACTIVITY YOU LOVE: Being given fewer sources of joy presently your hobbies should become a priority in your agenda.
  4. TAKE A WALK IN NATURE: It is a proven fact that these walks assist in the reduction of stress hormones. Japanese doctors often prescribe “forest baths” to combat feeling down, anxiety and exhaustion.
  5. LIMIT YOUR MEDIA CONSUMPTION: Break the chain of depressing news. Take a break from time to time.
  6. SHARE YOUR PANDEMIC EXPERIENCES: Sharing your thoughts is a way of reducing your anxiety. You can do this through social media, writing a journal or publishing your message on social media.
  7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF PHYSICALLY: It helps foster a positive attitude particularly maintaining a positive self image.
  9. PRACTICE SELF-COMPASSION AND COMPASSION TO OTHERS: This may reduce domestic problems and pardoning yourself for mistakes. This is not the time for arguing but for compassion.
  10. LOOK FOR HELP FROM OTHERS: Living in distress is normal during these times. There is no shame in looking for assistance to return to an equilibrium. It is a sign of power and a method of regaining self control. If you lack the funds for private therapy there are many public health services accessible to you.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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