Strategies and tools you can use at home
Find credible health information
Health information can be confusing or conflicting. What’s recommended one day may be out-of-date the next day. The right information helps you stay safe and gives you a clear plan of action. Every step you take today brings everyone
a little closer to the end of the pandemic.
It may be tempting to try to block out the world altogether to avoid bad news, but it’s important to keep yourself informed. We all have to step up during a pandemic because we all have a part to play in reducing the spread of
the virus. It’s important that you know what must be done and how you should do it. This is important for the health of your neighbours and your own mental health—taking action can help counter difficult feelings like hopelessness
Take care of your health and well-being
You may have a lot of difficult feelings around the pandemic: stress, uncertainty, fear, loss, maybe even hopelessness. Simple strategies to take care of your health and well-being during challenging times can really make a difference
and put you back in control.
Taking care of your physical health is also good for your mental health. It’s more important than ever to keep yourself healthy.
Try to eat as well as you can. It may be easier to reach for unhealthier comfort foods and snacks while you spend more time at home, but try to keep a balanced approach. When you stock up on groceries, don’t ignore fresh fruit
and vegetables—we still have everything we need to prepare food.
When you feel overwhelmed
You may experience overwhelming thoughts or feelings at times. Intense feelings or thoughts around panic or fear are normal, but they can start to come up more often, feel out of control, and really take a toll on your well-being.
Learn how to turn down the volume on difficult or overwhelming thoughts or feelings as they come up.
Manage financial uncertainty
Many Canadians say that they are more stressed about the financial implications of COVID-19 than the illness itself. We know that income and financial stability play a big role in health and well-being, so we need to make sure
as many people as possible find help and support. In this section, find tips to help you cope if you have lost your job or anticipate losing your job, information for renters who worry about paying rent, and information about
financial and other supports from the Government of Canada, Government of BC, and local organizations.