Taking care of your Physical Wellness: Many of us are still experiencing constant worry and anxieties around COVID as the province begins to reopen.  These feelings can significantly deplete your energy levels and lead to a dramatic decrease in focus and concentration.  Changing your choice of snacks to foods that are rich in energy-boosting nutrients can significantly improve your ability to stay alert and productive throughout the day.  

Try eating snacks throughout your day that are rich in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates.  These snacks contain nutrients that are slowly released into your bloodstream and steadily keep you fueled for hours.  More specifically, add foods with zero or little additives including nuts, plain yogurt, and whole grains that are low in calories and high in satisfying fuel. 

Protein, in particular, increases the production of a brain chemical that regulates concentration.  Protein improves focus, making you feel alert and, in turn, increases productivity.  A mid-afternoon energy slump can be rectified by a protein snack and keep you satisfied for hours.  

Smart Energy-Boosting Snacks that support your focus and concentration:

  • Almonds
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut Butter
  • Salmon
  • Bananas
  • Kale
  • Oatmeal
  • Pistachios
  • Hummus
  • Greek Yogurt  

To learn more about healthy snacks that support optimal energy throughout your work-day click HERE

Taking Care of your Emotional Wellness: With BC's Phase 2 of reopening services in both workplaces and community, many people are looking forward to getting back to some kind of "normal", while others are more apprehensive and fearful.  It is normal for this change from lockdown to restarting business, schools, and increasing of people in our workplace, to cause an increase in worry and anxiety.   

Having to learn new ways of safe social interactions, and doing things you have never had to do before can feel overwhelming. 

Draw from these strategies to help ease the anxieties of this "new normal":

  • Share what you are experiencing with friends and family to ease the feelings of anxiety. They might be experiencing the same feelings.
  • Learn and practice some strategies in mindfulness to keep you focused on the present moment.
  • Get outdoors more than usual (even if it’s raining) and increase your exercise to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Stay focused on the facts and try to set aside imaging the worst.
  • Call the Support Line if you need someone to talk to 604-806-9925.
  • Check out the Mental Health & Wellness resources on the Staff Support Page.
  • Find solace in knowing that you are not alone in what you are feeling.
This page last updated May 22, 2020 7:04pm PDT