The Covid-19 pandemic has been overwhelmingly stressful for individuals of all ages and numerous communities - whether it is through the drastic change to online classes, pressures of frontline healthcare workers or simply following social distancing guidelines at home. It should be acknowledged that no matter the predicament, it is okay to feel stressed, frustrated, and anxious during these difficult and constantly changing times.
What YOU can do to improve your mental health! Use these coping mechanisms to improve and sustain your mental health:
Whilst it is great to be informed on the current issues and status of the COVID-19 virus, it can cause anxiety and overwhelming stress on the body. Instead, create a timetable that creates a healthy balance of news/social media and other activities (keep an eye for our upcoming mental health video on how the #ChutneyFestCommunity is spreading the pandemic)!
Connect with family and friends through virtual means in order to combat the feeling of isolation and loneliness. For those whom you trust, speak to them about your current issues and how you are feeling!
To keep safe within the pandemic, you can connect with others on virtual platforms! For example - head on over to past #ChutneyFest events and engage with past performances and others watching as well. You can also follow us on our social media @ChutneyFestto and engage with others within the Indo-Caribbean community!
It should be noted that if stress gets in the way of your daily activities, contact your healthcare provider immediately! During these times, stress and low mental health can lead to suicidal thoughts - suicidal thoughts can be preventative and there are many resources! If these coping mechanisms are not helping, contact your local healthcare provider or check out these services below:
Our Indo-Caribbean community must unite, and stay strong during these difficult times!https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health