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Coping with social distancing

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has put together a COVID-19 resource page for individuals seeking mental health support to manage the crisis.  If you have a prior experience with trauma, often feel anxious on a regular basis, and struggle with managing stress, it is expected that this experience may place a strain on your coping skills.

Sigh of Relief.  We will get through this together.

And just like that, we were home…

Many of us may not have anticipated, or considered that this virus would affect our country, our communities and our homes.  I remember listening to the news daily that covered Covid-19 with hopes that the crisis would slowly become yesterday’s news. It never did. While we were living our best lives, attending meetings, walking our children to school, planning our parties and gatherings, people around the world were slowing affected by the disease. Within a matter of days, we were informed that the best protection was “social distancing”, and with days our abilities to attend restaurants, go to the barber, get our nails did, go shopping, go to work, and so much more would end.  It is normal for us to experience stress and anxiety symptoms.  It is normal to feel panic and worry about our futures and our families.  It is expected that our past experiences of trauma may influence our coping.

It is normal for us to experience stress and anxiety symptoms.

As we learn to cope with our temporary new-reality

“Through the storm”

You can expect that the crisis will place a strain on your emotional, mental and psychological health. During this crisis focus on: seek credible information, assess personal risk, maintain your familiar routines, find balance, make “intentional” moves, practice relaxation and meditation.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health posted a website to assist you with managing the crisis within your daily life. For more information and to access their website select below:

I will try to be honest and authentic. The first week was absolutely difficult for me. I went from meeting and speaking to over 100 people per week, from teaching amazing students, meeting with my wonderful play-therapy kids, to supporting adults, couples and families, and so much more… to closing my office (insert crying face emoji). The curve was unreal. Emotions such as panic, fear, worry, anxiety, stress, and frustration were floating through me and around those I spoke with. Acknowledging our feelings are real means that we can imagine ourselves floating through muddy waters and accepting we are here, in this place, right now. Radically accept that we can not change our current circumstances but we can make the best out of our situation. We can draw upon our inner resiliency, strength and faith to help us float through this experience until we reach the shore again.

  • Lower the channel on Covid-19 updates
  • Video chat friends and/or family every day
  • Netflix, Prime, Crave video is the place of all great series
  • Host & attend virtual events
  • Rekindle your love for board games. Monopoly anyone?
  • Bake new recipes every day
  • Create your own family cook show
  • Get plenty of rest & sleep
  • Journal
  • Maintain your similar routines, with more breaks
  • Exercise daily
  • Yoga exercises
  • Read a new book
  • Join an online book class
  • Connect with friends you neglected to speak with
  • Creative writing or art
  • Plan your 2021 vacation schedule
  • Moderate alcohol & drug use
  • Boost your immune system with healthy foods & drinks

Crisis Resources

During this challenging time, many aspects of our lives are being impacted. If you are experiencing mental health difficulties or distress, and find yourself in crisis and in need of support, the following are a list of relevant resources. In the case of an emergency, please call 911 or contact your nearest hospital emergency department.

CAMH provides information on coping with stress and anxiety, as well as strategies to maintain mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Durham Mental Health Services offers a range of crisis supports to assist individuals who are experiencing a personal or situational crisis. Crisis services are free and confidential. C.A.L.L. (Crisis-Access-Linkage-Line)
Call 905-666-0483 (Local) Call 1-800-742-1890 (Toll Free)

Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 national support service for young people and completely confidential. Text CONNECT to 686868 Call 1-800-668-6868

Distress Centre Durham offers 24/7 telephone services, with trained responder volunteers who can provide emotional support and encouragement, crisis management, suicide risk assessment, community resource/ referral information, and emergency intervention. Call 905-430-2522 is an emotional and crisis support chat, available to anyone in Canada under 30, from 9pm to 3am EST. Online Instant Message Chat Text 778-783-0177

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