COVID-19 Wellness Information

student reading

The uncertainty of COVID-19 and the disruptions it has caused to daily life might be causing feelings of anxiety and stress. While these feelings are normal to experience—they should not consume your life. Remember, there is no “normal” way to react to these changes! We want to make sure that you focus on maintaining and fostering mental wellness.

Stay at Home Tips

We know the recent Stay at Home order can feel tough after the recent hopeful messages about vaccination efforts. Now, more than ever it is important to focus on our health and wellness and use simple strategies to move through the next phase of the pandemic. 

  • Acknowledge your feelings - It is important to acknowledge our feelings of sadness, worry, or disappointment at the current state of events. Try not to push them away, but accept them and talk with others about them if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Do a social media/news audit - Turn off push notifications for news on your phone and set aside a certain time of day to keep yourself informed on current events from credible sources. Avoid the temptation to scroll through your social media for updates or statistics. Consider what accounts you follow and whether they are helping your mindset.
  • Keep a routine - Pick a regular time to get up, get dressed, and eat. Sticking to a routine can help you reduce mental fatigue and keep you motivated to get your work or school work done.
  • Connect with friends and family - Make regular, scheduled calls or video calls to loved ones and friends to connect, watch a movie together, or play a game.
  • Get outdoors - If you can spend some time outdoors that is physically distanced, take some time to walk, bike, roll around your neighbourhood. Wear a mask if you feel anxious about passing people on the street and enjoy the spring scenery and sunshine.
  • Continue to exercise - Find a safe way to keep moving from home. There are lots of apps or UWaterloo Recreation classes available online.
  • Practice being in the moment - Practice mindfulness or gratitude to help you feel grounded and focused on your present environment. Try a guided meditation or start a gratitude journal.
  • Reach out for support if you need it - While the stay at home order is necessary for our physical health, we know it can be tough on your mental health. Remember that support is available. Campus Wellness services are still operating for students using phone and video appointments. Call 519-888-4567 ext 32655 to book an appointment. EmpowerMe is also available 24/7 at 1-833-628-5589. The Employee Assistance Plan is available for Staff and Faculty at 1.800.663.1142.

Mental Wellness and Connections

Staying Connected

Self-care and COVID-19

 

Social Media and COVID-19

 

Are You Struggling?

 

More COVID-19 Wellness Resources

Stronger Minds by Beacona free digital program for all Canadians to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis. Get guidance that is created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic, through easy-to-digest resources.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthVarious resources related to your mental health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; how to support loved ones, coping with stress and anxiety.

Mental Health First AidCOVID-19 Self-Care and Resilience Guide.

Psychology ToolsFree guide to living with anxiety and worry amidst global uncertainty (available in multiple languages).

Anxiety CanadaWhat to do if you are feeling anxious or worried about COVID-19.