As many Canadian residents are grappling with the impacts of the regional wildfires, mental health challenges are on the rise. Daily disruptions due to home evacuations can leave many with increased levels of grief, anxiety and distress. If you’ve been impacted, to help you and your family through this challenging experience, we’ve compiled the tips below to help you manage anxiety levels during this time:
Stay informed but limit exposure: Stay updated with reliable sources of information about the wildfires, but avoid excessive exposure to news or social media coverage that can intensify anxiety. Set specific times to check for updates rather than continuously monitoring the situation.
Create a safety plan: Develop a clear plan for what you and your loved ones will do in the event of a wildfire. Knowing that you have a plan in place can provide a sense of security and control.
Practice relaxation techniques: Engage in relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation. These techniques can help calm your mind and body when anxiety arises.
Stay connected: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups to share your feelings and concerns. Connecting with others who are experiencing similar anxieties can provide a sense of validation and support.
Focus on self-care: Prioritize self-care activities that help you relax and reduce stress. Engage in activities that bring you joy, such as hobbies, exercise, reading, or spending down time with family. Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is essential during times of anxiety.
Seek professional help: If your anxiety becomes overwhelming, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance, coping strategies, and support tailored to your specific needs.
Remember, everyone copes with anxiety differently, so it's important to find the strategies that work best for you. Be patient with yourself, practice self-compassion, and reach out for support from our professionals whenever you feel the need. We have short-term counselling and iCBT supports which can help you through this difficult time.
This content was shared with permission from MindBeacon.