Steps you can take to protect your mental health during times of uncertainty

Steps you can take to protect your mental health during times of uncertainty

You might be feeling increasingly anxious or stressed in recent weeks, due to the spread of COVID-19 or other factors. While Canadians have been asked to practice physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to note that you are not alone. Here are a few tips and strategies to care for your mental health during these uncertain times.

  1. Take care of your physical well-being.  Practice “real self-care” for your physical health. This includes but is not limited to getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and staying motivated and active . Of course, focus on elements you can control, such as washing your hands, and keeping your physical distance from others.
  2. Be diligent in consuming information. Ensure you are getting information from reliable sources like public health offices and local government. Limit your consumption of social media or the number of times you are checking the news, particularly if you are feeling anxious.
  3. Build your resiliency skills. How you respond to stress and what you do to mitigate your stress level may make all the difference. Take up a mindfulness or gratitude practice. Be present instead of projecting into the future. Develop and strengthen your stress management and positive coping skills.
  4. Stay connected, check in on each other, and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends, loved ones, or colleagues about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to a mental health professional for support. Canadians are being encouraged to check the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) website for information and resources.

Alberta and Saskatchewan CPAs, candidates, and their immediate family members have access to CPA Assist, the profession’s health and wellness program, as well. This includes a confidential support line, and crisis support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional resources for supporting CPAs and their mental health will be posted on CPA Assist’s resource page, as they become available.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please reach out. CPA Assist provides confidential help to Alberta and Saskatchewan Chartered Professional Accountants, candidates, and their immediate families. Call for toll-free confidential support at 1-855-596-4222.