Self-Care Tips from DeGroote’s Wellness Counsellor, Brenda Scott

| March 16, 2020
Submitted by Carolyn Colwell for Student Experience - Academic

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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:

  1. What am I grateful for today?
  2. What am I willing to let go of today?
  3. 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.
  • 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.

 

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