It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a stressful situation.
Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Self-care during a stressful situation will help your long-term healing. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and protect yourself and your loved ones.
Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength.
CHIMO Helpline – Help is just a phone call away: 1-800-667-5005
Hope for Wellness Helpline – The Hope for Wellness Helpline offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada: 1-855-242-3310
TAKE THE MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE!
The Department of Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with MindWell. This free, bilingual website offers a collection of resources dedicated to teaching New Brunswickers about mindfulness in action.
Every Tuesday, beginning on April 28, 2020, New Brunswickers will have the opportunity to sign up for the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge. The program is evidence- based and shown to lower stress, increase resilience, and improve well-being. Plus, the challenges only take 5 to 10 minutes a day!
The Mini MindWell Challenge is a shorter, slimmed down version of the full Challenge. It can be a great first step for newcomers or the perfect refresher for someone who has already taken the full Challenge.
Click here to watch your introductory video and begin your mindfulness journey today.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a stressful situation. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during a disease outbreak will help you think clearly and protect yourself and your family. Self-care during a stressful situation will help your long-term healing.
Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disease outbreak.
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. If you experience stress reactions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, contact your health care provider or your local addictions and mental health centre (see below for contact information).
Things you can do to support yourself:
- Take care of your body – Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Take breaks – Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do activities you usually enjoy. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
- Connect with others – Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
- Stay informed – When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like public health authorities.
- Avoid too much exposure to media coverage of COVID-19 – Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
- Seek help when needed – If you experience stress reactions (feelings or behaviors) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, contact your health care provider or your local addictions and mental health centre.
- Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use – CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use.
- Helpful information on substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic
For more information about how to take care of your emotional health during this stressful time, check out these sources:
- Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty – Psychology Tools
- Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick – offering free webinars and other resources on topics related to coping with COVID-19
- Calm - Calm is an award-winning app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are offering a range of free resources.
- Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak – World Health Organization
- Hope for Wellness – The Hope for Wellness Helpline offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada
The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the grieving process for many across New Brunswick. Those dealing with losing a loved one are also faced with travel restrictions, isolation and limits on gatherings keeping them apart from family and friends when they need them most. Fortunately, just as grief doesn’t take a break, neither does healing.
For more information on grief and mourning during COVID-19, click here.
Mental Health and the Workplace:
The workplace can be a major source of stress, especially during a crisis situation.
Stress and the feelings associated with it are by no means a reflection that you cannot do your job or that you are weak. Managing your mental health and psychosocial well-being during this time is as important as managing your physical health.
Helping responsibly means taking care of your own health and well-being. You are vital and valued. Take care of yourself, so you can best take care of others.
For mental health resources for the workplace, please see below: