Supporting you has always been our top priority. And with COVID-19 quickly turning everyone’s lives upside down, we’re committed to supporting you in every way possible. Many of us may be feeling stretched thin or overwhelmed right now, with our personal and professional lives requiring more flexibility than usual. On top of that, the fact that there are still so many unknowns only adds to stress and anxiety. But one thing is for sure: we're here for you. Here’s some advice to help you and your family through this unprecedented situation.
Stress and anxiety can be caused by many different factors, like a new routine, a makeshift workspace or fears of getting laid off. Despite the frantic and demanding pace of our lives, it’s important to make sure we give ample attention to how we’re feeling, especially in an anxiety-inducing situation like a pandemic. There are many effects of stress and anxiety, and they can be both physical and psychological. Signs of stress and anxiety include lower productivity, trouble sleeping, exhaustion or excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol.
How to cope with social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Social isolation can also be a major source of stress and anxiety. Social distancing measures are designed to protect the population and reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it's also important to stay in contact with people through technology. That's why it's recommended to regularly chat with friends, family and coworkers to make sure they're all doing okay mentally and physically.
If you or someone you care about are experiencing negative effects of stress and anxiety, reach out to someone for help, like a professional or even just a friend. No matter who you choose to confide in, you’ll feel a little lighter after sharing your worries with someone else.
Additional resources available to you:
Government of Canada – Mental health and wellness External link. Opens in a new window.
Government of Canada – It's Your Health External link. Opens in a new window.
Canadian Mental Health Association External link. Opens in a new window.