Self-Care Tips from DeGroote’s Wellness Counsellor, Brenda Scott
We all have different ways of dealing with stress and uncertainty. During crisis our vulnerabilities can surface – but so can our strengths. This is a time to be very deliberate and intentional with how you wish to be in the world and return to that again and again. Start each day with 3 questions to anchor yourself:
- What am I grateful for today?
- What am I willing to let go of today?
- What is my intention today?
How can you stay grounded and manage stress and anxiety?
- Take a break from the news cycle. Stay informed by watching updates in the morning rather than listening to negative news in the evening, which can trigger anxiety and disrupt sleep.
- Connect with people you love and care about over video chats or phone calls. Support each other with compassion, kindness and presence.
- Rest, exercise and eat healthily. Now is the time to build and strengthen your self-care more than ever.
Looking for more support?
- Schedule a virtual appointment with Brenda. She can provide strategies to help calm anxiety and create space to help you focus on what is needed.
- Call or text 905-334-9605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a zoom chat.
- Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario.
- Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
- The Big White Wall is a free online mental health and wellbeing service.
- MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada use the MindShift CBT app to learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.
- Bounce Back try the free, online mental wellness resource managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
- BeThere Learn how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health.
- The Student Wellness Centre has shared a collection of supplementary methods of managing your mental health and ways to get non-urgent help outside of clinic hours. The full list of resources can be found on the Student Wellness Centre website.