Managing your mental health through COVID-19: Tools to help you cope

COVID-19 has many people anxious about their personal safety and many 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.

The following information, created by Dr. Joti Samra, R.Pyshc, CEO & Founder of MWH (MYWORKPLACEHEALTH) includes tools to help those struggling to cope with COVID-19 or who would like more information about managing their mental health. You can learn more about Dr. Samra below.

In recent weeks, news of COVID-19 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 COVID-19?

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COVID-19 continues to be a topic that is dominating the media. Fear for one’s health contributes to creating anxiety and this extends to the workplace.  Watch this video where we talk about how to deal with the anxiety produced by COVID-19.

Learn more: Reduce COVID-19 anxiety in the workplace

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As the number of cases of reported COVID-19 increases, so does people’s anxiety. So, how can we manage anxiety associated with an outbreak such as COVID-19?

Learn more: 7 tips to manage anxiety about COVID-19

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Although a certain amount of worry and anxiety about COVID-19 is natural, for some individuals, healthy worry becomes overwhelming and turns into panic.  Watch this video to learn some tips on how to manage anxiety about COVID-19 when it becomes panic.

Learn more:  How to manage anxiety about COVID-19 that turns into panic

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Anxiety about 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?

Learn more:  Effectively communicate about COVID-19

It is important for Canadians to prepare in case the COVID-19 pandemic takes a turn for the worse given what we are observing around the globe. So, let’s talk about how Canadians can prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak.

Learn more:  How Canadians can prepare for a coronavirus outbreak

Leadership during times of change requires flexibility, adaptability and kindness. Read these tips from Kristen Bower to learn how to lead through change.

Learn more: Lessons in inclusion through COVID-19

For many of us the result of COVID-19 and social distancing means working from home. Many of us are struggling to make the transition to working from home and engaging in social distancing. Learn how to make this transition easier.

Learn more:  How to cope with social distancing and working from home

As the number of cases of reported COVID-19, as well as the number of countries with confirmed cases increases, so does people’s anxiety. It’s normal to feel anxious when faced with a public health emergency, particularly one that’s on the news daily and is associated with so many unknowns.

Learn more:  Seven ways to cope with fear

Even if you’re living in an area with a smaller number of cases of COVID-19, and your personal risk is relatively low, it’s still normal to experience anxiety. COVID-19 continues to be a top media news story and is at the forefront of our thoughts. There are a number of reasons a person may worry about coronavirus even if their current risk is relatively low.

Learn more:  Why am I worried, even though I’m safe?

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As events get cancelled, many of us are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 even if we aren’t directly affected by the virus or considered to be in a high-risk category. Yes, it’s disappointing to have events you were excited about cancelled. But, if we can preemptively control the virus from spreading rapidly by just staying home and washing our hands, is that really too much to ask?

Learn more:  How to cope with isolation and social distancing

Do you lay in bed tossing and turning? Do you check the clock and calculate the number of hours of sleep you’d get if you fell asleep right now? Or, think about your list of to-do’s for tomorrow? If so, you’re not alone. So let’s talk about how to manage the negative effects of anxiety on sleep.

Learn more:  Managing the effects of anxiety on sleep

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Learn more about Dr. Samra

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych, CEO & Founder of MWH (MYWORKPLACEHEALTH). is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resilience.  Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada.  Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.

The information presented on this page was printed with permission by Dr. Samra, myworkplacehealth.com.