How to protect your mental well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic?

April 14, 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic impacts us all and the consequences of the restrictions are many.  They concern the finances, the questioning of future projects, our professional career and even our mental health. More than 1 Quebecer out of 10 say that they live in psychological distress and consider their mental health as fair or bad. Faced with this observation, we thought it would be useful to share with you these small daily gestures that will allow you to maintain or regain your emotional well-being!

Take a break

It is no longer a secret, the simplest things are the most powerful!

Learning to breathe is the key to many benefits. During your day, take a break and breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4sc, and exhale for 8 sc. Repeat this exercise two to three times during the day to see a lasting feeling of calm.

Create a healthy lifestyle

Whether you are currently looking for a job, you are a student, an employee or self-employed, it is essential to continue to prepare yourself every day and to adopt a healthy and rhythmical lifestyle:

  • Wake up every day at the same time.
  • Take the time to cook healthy meals and eat at regular times.
  • Get active (the gyms are closed, but there are simple and effective exercises you can do at home: see our article on this topic for fun ideas on how to stay in shape).

Keeping in touch

It is important to limit contact to respect health barriers. However, our emotional well-being is also important, so don’t isolate yourself!

  • Call your family and friends and use FaceTime and turn on your video camera.
  • Organize facetime dinners, karaoke parties, etc.
  • There are also online gaming applications such as House Party to have a good time with friends!

Limit the flow of information

Stay informed, yes! Getting intoxicated by the amount of bad news due to the pandemic, no!

We don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the impact of bad news, to find a limit you can :

  • Sort the information
  • Do not hesitate to choose the type of sections you want to consult.
  • Set yourself a time to read the news.

Ask for help if you need it

If you feel an overflow, don’t hesitate to talk to your loved ones or a health care specialist. It is normal to feel overwhelmed during this uncertain period. The 811 telephone number has been set up to allow citizens to get help if they need it. For businesses,  don’t hesitate to use the “dialogue” service which gives access to many free medical tele-consultations for the well-being of employees.

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