We’ve all been ready to return to our new normal for some time now, though our restrictions continue and regulations change across Canada day by day. No one envisioned it would take this long to get back to our lives. We know the impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health has been significant and recovery doesn’t happen overnight.
Some of us have dealt with trauma and grief, while almost all of us have felt some level of isolation. Most of us have experienced higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before, and many have found themselves lonely, sad, stressed and anxious. Over the next few months, we’ll start to feel new emotions as vaccines roll out and our situation starts to improve. Recovering from the pandemic’s impact on our mental health will take time though.
To prepare us all for the day we return to normalcy, we've built this 8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan to guide you through the journey to recovery. We’ve taken the best of our professionally-created resources across our Therapist Guided Programs, tools and expert advice to create this space to help you face what’s to come and give you some ideas on what you can do today to make a change, invest in yourself and build a stronger mind.
Just like our therapy programs, you can complete your 8-step journey at your own pace.
ACCESS THE RESOURCE
Click here to access the resource and follow the steps below to progress towards recovery:
- ALIGN YOUR COMPASS
- ACCEPT THE LOSS
- EDUCATE YOURSELF
- PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE
One of the most important elements of fostering positive mental health is truly taking care of yourself. Putting yourself first will mean better mental health and improved mood. This will give you the capacity to handle everyday stressors with more ease and take care of the ones around you.
With so many different changes, it can be difficult to know what to focus on in the short term and the long term. Consider the pandemic as an opportunity to re-discover who you are and what values are true to you. Re-visit your health, relationship, career and leisure values for a chance to re-connect with yourself and discover who you want to be after the pandemic ends.
- TAKE ACTION
- USE PEER SUPPORT
Get past the stigma of reaching out for help when you’re not at your best. Your network of peers can be most valuable in helping you get through tough times. Consider who you have in your life and who can offer you emotional support, instrumental support, informational support and companionship support. Work together, lean on each other and don’t be embarrassed to say you’re not okay. Everyone struggles and when you use therapy and your friends together, it’s a lot easier to get through hard times.
- COMMIT TO MAINTENANCE