Dealing with COVID Blues
In the midst of this global COVID pandemic, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed hopelessness, depressed, and anxious. Nataxja Cini, MSW RSW speaks with news anchor Leslie Roberts about how to manage your COVID anxiety and other emotions during this latest lockdown in April 2021.
How are we feeling right now?
Life is already full of stress and as a result of this pandemic, you may be experiencing several major stressors at once, making you more vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
Many of us are angry, feeling let down by our government, frustrated at losing our jobs, fearful of getting sick or going bankrupt, tired of homeschooling or juggling kids and work, missing being stuck in rush hour traffic, lonely, isolated, missing friends, social contact or desperate to go back to our routine that was carefree.
It’s important to know you’re not alone in feeling so many different emotions as we entering another lock down.
These are ALL normal emotions. It’s important you listen to your emotions but don’t get stuck in your anger, rage fear or sadness.
The boredom, loneliness and stress of being in lockdown, financial struggles or juggling your job and home schooling can overwhelm even the best of us. You aren’t the only one struggling and it’s important for you to know when to reach out for support and help.
We are seeing increases in reports of moderate to severe anxiety in adults who have teens and children at home right now. Parents and their kids are having a rough time.
Women are reporting higher levels of isolation and loneliness. And we’re seeing many youth and young adults are stating they are experiencing moderate to severe anxiety.
What are people doing to Cope?
Some of us are using unhealthy ways of coping. Maybe you’re drinking too much, abusing prescription or street drugs, or overeating, spending too much time gaming or even sleeping in an attempt to self-medicate your mood, avoid problems and your emotions.
While these unhealthy methods may provide a brief break from reality or may boost your mood, in the long-run they’ll make your depression and may increase feelings of anxiety or helplessness. These are temporary escapes at best.
Healthy coping Activities are
- Getting enough rest
- exercise if and getting outside for a walk
- Eating more vegetables and fruits instead of sugar and processed foods
- Reducing your consumption of negative news
- Keep a healthy balance between work and your home life.
ABLE Coping technique
ACKNOWLEDGE and accept your emotions
BREATHE – take a few slow deep breaths or doing my favourite 4-7-8 breathing
LET GO of your need to control or let go of that unhelpful thought. You don’t have to respond to every thought you have
EXPLORE whether your thought is just a thought or it’s a fact. We have many thoughts but not all thoughts are real. And now focus on another experience with your full attention.
If you need support
The Canada suicide prevention service 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Bilingual Crisis Line: (613) 722-6914
Distress Centre Ottawa & Region
Crisis Line: (613) 238-3311
Sans frais: 1-800-567-9699
Ligne d’intervention (Gatineau): (819) 775-3223
Ligne d’intervention (Ottawa): (613) 741-6433
Kids Help Phone
text “HOME” (or “PARLER” for help in French) to 686868
Indigenous people nationwide
to talk in English or French, as well as Cree, Ojibway or Inuktitut upon request
Get Free Support
- Your family doctor