Shut in at home: Here are a few stress reduction and coping tips

Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, which may result in them feeling additional stress during this time. Many of them will likely be very afraid and perhaps overwhelmed by all of the “bad” news out there and by their isolation.

Things to do:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be depressing and frightening. Look for tv shows and movies that are humorous or more uplifting.
  • Practice self-care. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals,
  • Exercise at home or in the garden. Create walking route around your house and yard.
  • Get plenty of sleep, and reduce alcohol consumption rather than increase it.
  • Make time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy or simply plan a few hours to read a book.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling on the phone or by email.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety please contact your family doctor or a provincial government helpline.

 

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