Be there for yourself the way you’re there for others
Take care of yourself • Rely on your personal strengths and have confidence in your abilities. • Remind yourself of the winning strategies you used in the past to overcome difficulties. There is no one-size-fits-all solution! Each and every one of us must take steps to foster our own well-being. • Enjoy life’s little pleasures, such as listening to music, taking a warm bath, reading, exercising, etc. • If you live close to nature, make the most of it. Breathe deeply and slowly as you walk. • Learn to delegate, and allow others to help you. • Ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. It is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength when you are strong enough to do what is necessary to help yourself.
You are always there when your loved ones are going through difficult times. But don’t forget about yourself—solutions exist to help you feel better. The current situation may cause you distress. Experiencing various levels of anxiety in some spheres of life is normal. When this happens, you may find it more challenging to deal with your thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Most people succeed in adapting, but listening to your needs is vital. Don’t hesitate to do whatever is necessary to help yourself.
• Lend a hand in your community in a way that respects your personal limits and public health directives. By helping others, you can improve their wellness and your own as well. • Think about what has meaning and value for you. Reflect on the important things in your life that you can hold onto in hard times. • Reduce the stressors in your life. • While it is important to stay informed, limit the amount of time spent reading about COVID-19. Information overload can increase stress and anxiety, and even cause depression.
The Getting Better My Way digital tool Getting Better My Way is a digital self-management tool for emotional health. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or distress, this tool can help improve your well-being by identifying practical things you can do to feel better. Learn more at Québec.ca/Gettingbetter
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