A lot of us have been experiencing different responses to this pandemic and have been coping in various ways.

Tip #1: Reach out for support.

Here in BC we are facing two public health emergencies – the COVID-19 pandemic but also the overdose crisis. As health care workers,  it can be emotionally exhausting. If you are feeling down or know someone else who is not coping well, we encourage you to utilize one of the many different supports that are available. Please refer to the lit below:

Addiction & Overdose Support:

Children and Youth Resources in dealing with Stress/ Anxiety and Substance Use:

If you need help about talking to your family, Children, friends about anxiety and COVID 19, here are some practical tips:

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults:

Survival Tips for Parents: https://www.ementalhealth.ca/index.php?m=article&ID=62307

Wellness tip #2: 

If we can identify potential physical, behaviour and emotional responses before they happen, we are able to recognize the stress. If necessary, reach out for support and lessen the negative impact on our health.

Below are examples of responses the body may experience when you are stressed:

  • Physical responses: Heart racing, muscle ache, headaches and fatigue

  • Behavioural responses: Using substances like drugs or Alcohol or unhealthy eating, forgetting things, poor work habits or alienation from others or burnout and compassion fatigue.

  • Emotional response:  Being fearful, missing work, poor choices, depressions, anger or Critical of self.

Identify up to three of your current stressors to focus on for the exercises that will follow. 

After each stressor, write down current coping strategies and then what new coping strategies you can use.

  1. Stressor 1:
  2. Current Coping Strategy:
  3. New Coping Strategies:

Examining Your Options:  We have choices when it comes to dealing with stress and adversity. These choices can usually be classified as one of the four A’s: Accept, Avoid, Alter, or Adapt.

  • Accept the situation that is not possible to change.

  • Avoid stressful situations or put boundaries for self-care.

  • Alter your external environment to reduce stress like changing routine to get a different perspective.

  • Adapt your internal thoughts.

More information on this topic: 

The Wellness & Support Team encourages you to reach out for help when you need it.  You’re there for them.  We’re there for you.

  • Email the Wellness & Support team via covidwellness&support@providencehealth.bc.ca 

  • Reach out to your Wellness Champions (if you have one on your unit currently) or the Long Term Care Dedicated Person, Nora McKellin, MSW RSW, through the Wellness and Support line.

  • Contact the COVID-19 Support Line at 604-806-9925.

  • For health & safety questions/concerns, please contact Sandy Coughlin, Director – Occupational Health & Safety at 604-341-6272.

  •  If you need more urgent emotional support, please contact EFAP 24/7 Telephone: 604-872-4929 or 1-800-505-4929.

  • Don't forget, you can access the following staff resources located on our Staff Support section on the COVID-19 website. Here, you will find information about temporary staff accommodation, staff wellness supports, and more.

This page last updated Jul 27, 2020 6:40pm PDT