Coronavirus has many people anxious about their personal safety and a number of people are worried about their safety at work as well. Some amount of anxiety is normal and can help to keep us safe, but it’s important to keep it at a manageable level. Our team here at Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates and MyWorkplaceHealth have created COVID-19 resources that include a series of videos and blogs offering tips on how to manage during these challenging times.
Please feel free to circulate these with any individuals, employees or workplaces you feel could benefit from this information!
If you’d prefer to download our COVID-19 resources as a pdf, please click on the following link: COVID-19 Resources
Before getting into these resources on our blog, Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych has put together a 45 minute webinar on enhancing psychological health, wellness and resilience in the era of COVID-19.
Coronavirus: What is it?
Coronavirus has been at the forefront of many of our minds, increasing anxiety and concern about personal risk. The first step in managing this type of anxiety is educating yourself. So what is Coronavirus?
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What are the Risks of Coronavirus in Canada?
Many Canadians are worried about the risk of Coronavirus in Canada. But is it really a risk for Canadians?
And here is another resource on How Canadians Can Prepare.
How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety in the Workplace
Fear for one’s health contributes to creating anxiety, and this extends to the workplace. Here are some workplace-specific tips on managing anxiety surrounding coronavirus.
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Effectively Communicating about Coronavirus in the Workplace
Anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19) is being increasingly felt in all environments, including workplaces – with many worrying about whether it’s safe for them to go to or remain at work. So, it’s important to manage workers’ anxiety around coronavirus and their potential risks in the workplace. But how do we effectively communicate about coronavirus in the workplace?
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Transitioning to Working from Home
Transitioning to working from home is challenging for many of us. There are more distractions as well as potentially less structure and less support.
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7 Tips to Manage Anxiety and Worry about Coronavirus
As the number of cases of reported coronavirus increases, so does people’s anxiety. So, how can we manage anxiety associated with an outbreak such as coronavirus?
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Coronavirus Anxiety: Why am I worried about coronavirus even though I know I’m safe?
Even if you’re living in an area with a smaller number of cases of coronavirus and your personal risk is relatively low, it’s still normal to experience anxiety. There are a number of reasons a person may worry about coronavirus.
Read more on our blog about Why am I worried about coronavirus even though I’m safe
How to Manage Anxiety that Turns into Panic (About COVID-19)
Although a certain amount of worry and anxiety about coronavirus is natural, for some individuals, healthy worry becomes overwhelming and turns into panic.
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How to Talk with Children about Coronavirus
Kids are not immune from picking up on our worry and anxiety. So how do we effectively talk to children about health emergencies like coronavirus?
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COVID-19: How to cope with isolation and social distancing
Everyone is being asked to stay home and engage in social distancing when in public as this will have a significant impact on the transmission of the virus. Social isolation can take a toll on a person’s mental wellness, therefore it’s important to take time for our mental health and pay attention to the things we can control.
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Coronavirus: It’s not an excuse to be racist
Coronavirus outbreak has refuelled racism against Asian populations. And sadly, this is not a new experience for those experiencing discrimination.
Read more on our blog about Coronavirus: It’s not an excuse to be racist and learn about some of the history of racism in Canada.
Coronavirus and Clinical Service Delivery Considerations for Psychologists & Counsellors
For psychologists and counsellors, it’s important to think about how the coronavirus may impact what our practice looks like, as well as the impact on the anxiety levels of our clients. American Psychological Association has put forward some direction that can help us think about how to prepare our practices for the possibility of an outbreak.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Many psychologists and other mental health professionals we work with have been providing COVID-19 resources. Here are some further resources from other mental health professionals we work with.
- Lessons on Managing Social Isolation by Dr. Eileen M. Feliciano
- Use DBT Skills to Manage Coronavirus Using COVID by John Wagner
- Self-Care During Self-Isolation by Kristin Bower
- Tips to Lead Through Change: Lessons in Inclusion Through COVID-19 by Kristin Bower
Here are some bonus resources that can help you to manage anxiety around COVID-19 and the effects of isolation. Don’t forget to share this resource list if you found it helpful.
Mindfulness is the practice of staying present in the moment without ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. It’s not necessarily about sitting still and clearing our minds as many of us may believe, though it can be.
Breathing exercises can be a great place to start when it comes to practicing mindfulness. They can also be very helpful tools for managing symptoms when our “fight-flight-freeze” stress response is triggered. And the great thing about breathing techniques is they’re easy – once we master the steps. Two of our favourite breathing exercises are four-stage breathing and box breathing.
For many of us, our sleep has been disturbed during these challenging times. It’s easier to stay up late and sleep in when we aren’t obligated to maintain a regular routine. So, our team here at Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates and MyWorkplaceHealth have created sleep resources that include a series of videos and blogs like these ones offering tips on how to engage in good sleep hygiene.