Surviving COVID-19: 10 Tips to Cope as You Observe World Mental Health Day

You’ve seen them, you’ve done them, you’ve been annoyed by them. Those endless online meetings, presentations, and webinars. How about those constant “Live” videos that pop up randomly as you escape to your favourite social media channels to break the monotony of the COVID-19 ‘new normal’?

Add to that the challenges of balancing family life, corporate and business life, and physical distancing in a global pandemic that seems to have no end in sight, and you have a problem. A ballooning issue, that if left unresolved, can cause potential risks for your mental health.


This month we will focus on your mental health challenges at work.


As we observe World Mental Health Day, today October 10, now is a good time to check in on how you are really doing and re-engineer those coping skills. Now is the time to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

A quick check with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), shows that mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships.

In a COVID-19 policy brief, the CMHA reveals, “The pandemic may in fact worsen the mental health of people who live with mental health problems and illnesses and were more likely to be vulnerable before the pandemic. In addition, the mental health consequences of the pandemic may be more serious for other people and communities who have been made vulnerable through existing social and economic forms of inequality.”

That said, if you’ve been feeling out of it since recently, here are 10 proven tips for improving and maintaining your wellbeing:

  1. Do what’s right for you and whatever makes you happy, regardless of what this might look like to others.
  2. Spend time with those who feel like sunshine. People who elevate your mood and energy help you to put your best foot forward and reach your goals.
  3. Learn to say ‘No’ and to not feel guilty about it. As women, too often others guilt-trip us into saying yes. If something does not serve you, learn to say no.
  4. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Unless you’re on prescribed medication, drugs are not recommended as you work on your mental health; neither is self-medicating with alcohol.
  5. Set realistic goals and learn to be compassionate with yourself as you work on them.
  6. Create themed days with set breaks to unwind and refocus.
  7. Quiet your mind through prayer, meditation or practicing mindfulness.
  8. Move it move, move it! Can’t go to the gym? How about working out at home, taking a walk or going for a run?
  9. Need help? Reach out to someone you trust; it helps them to show up for you when they know you’re hurting.
  10. Consider professional counselling. A trained therapist or counsellor can help you navigate your thoughts and feelings and get you back on track.

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Author Biography

Kimesha is the CEO of Oasis Integrated Communications, a PR firm with operations in Canada and Jamaica, and a focus on helping businesses to find their paradise. She’s a seasoned PR professional with a passion for crafting meaningful stories that connect with people. An eternal optimist who thrives on perfecting solutions that marry creative brand experience with consumer engagement, she believes in tapping into the core values of a company and tailoring strategies that share their narrative and find affinity. Her experience spans public relations, corporate communications, marketing, social media and advertising across a range of industries. She has executed projects in Toronto, New York, and Jamaica where she has deftly managed some of the foremost brands across North America and the Caribbean.

Connect with Kimesha:

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LinkedIn: @Kimesha Walters

 


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