How to cope with your emotions during tough times | Health and Fitness

• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

• Lack of energy and motivation to carry out your day-to-day activities.

• Worsening of chronic health problems.

• Worsening of mental health conditions.

• Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Try these strategies:

• Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

• Have fun and be creative with activities.

• Take care of your body:

  1. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate;
  2. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals;
  3. Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep; and
  4. Avoid overeating, alcohol and drugs.

• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

• Keep a regular schedule to lessen worry and anxiety.

• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

• Practice mindfulness.

• Stay connected through video calls with loved ones and friends.

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