(NC) There’s no doubt that the pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many people across Canada and around the world. Even if you know you’re not the only one feeling sad or lonely, this realization may not be enough to help you cope — especially if you’re dealing with a major life stressor, like a layoff or loss of a loved one.

If you are struggling to cope, these tips may help:

Put down your devices.
Indulging in things that bring you joy are perfectly acceptable. But being glued to your laptop or smartphone for long periods of time will only lead to a sore neck, back and eyes. Extensive electronics usage can also lead to a host of other issues, such as insomnia, demotivation and depression. If technology is taking over your precious time, take a step back to rethink how you use it.

2. Cut back on your vices.
Being cooped up, it’s understandable that many of us have been leading less healthy lifestyles than pre-pandemic. But overindulging in binge drinking, smoking, takeout and couch time may not be the best option for coping with anxiety and sadness. Though they may seem small, these habits can pile up to have adverse effects on your mind and body.

3. Give yourself a daily routine.
Something as simple as opening the curtains when you wake up, making your bed and brushing your teeth can help you begin the day with a hopeful mindset. Seek inspiration and ideas for self-care, and block out certain times of the day?even just a few minutes?to devote to yourself.

4. Seek out extra support.
Sometimes even the most helpful tips and strategies are not enough. Fortunately, you can access free help 24/7 from the comfort of home. On the Wellness Together Canada portal you’ll find free, reliable information, self-assessment tools, and have the option to connect with peer support, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential text sessions or phone calls.

Support is just a call or click away. Find more information at wellnesstogether.ca.

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