What can I do to feel less stressed during challenging times?
Many things in your day-to-day can affect your mental health and cause anxiety or stress. There are ways to cope even in the worst of times and manage some of that stress.
Here are some things you can put into practice right away:
Practice activities that helped you cope with stress in the past.
Set realistic expectations and keep busy with things you enjoy.
Avoid using alcohol or drugs, excessive food consumption, and other extreme, harmful, choices as a substitute to make you feel good.
Practice gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation.
Stay connected to your friends and family.
Connect with your spiritual community to practice your religion.
If you have children, it isn’t just your own health that you must worry about; it is also your children’s health. With small children it is hard to tell sometimes if they are experiencing stress because they are less likely to vocalize their feelings. There are other ways to detect if a child is feeling anxious. Pay attention by observing changes in their behaviour. Things like sudden changes in mood, appetite, or sleep patterns could be signs of underlying feelings of anxiety.
Call a crisis centre or mental wellness association if:
You are considering suicide (killing yourself).
You think someone else might be considering suicide. You just need to talk.
- ConnexOntario : Information and Referral Specialists answer all calls, emails or webchat requests any time of the day. The service is free, confidential and anonymous for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol and mental illness.
- Good2talk: A free and anonymous mental health helpline for postsecondary students in Ontario. A translation service is available in 170 languages for individuals who do not speak English or French.