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Coping with a Health Emergency: A Guide for the Holidays

As this year comes to a close, many of us are facing winter celebrations that will look a little (or a lot) different. From financial stressors, to managing work-life balance, to the emotional impact of physically isolating from our loved ones, there have been no shortage of unique challenges in 2020.

While you’re doing your best to adapt, you might be feeling tired, overwhelmed or worried. And that’s understandable and expected.

Front page of Coping with a health emergency: a guide for the holidaysPlanning for the holidays during a pandemic, while also trying to be safe and managing COVID-19 fatigue can be challenging for all of us. Coping with a Health Emergency: A Guide for the Holidays includes suggestions and helpful tips that may make the holidays less stressful for you and your loved ones.

Learn more about simple steps you can take for your own wellbeing and mental health this holiday season, as well as practical tips for how you can support the children and youth in your life through this different and challenging time.

And, most importantly, know that seeking support is a sign of strength. If you’re feeling confused and don’t know what to do to get through your day, week or month, there are resources available to you.

Seek out support if you experience any of the following:
  • Feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness and/or guilt
  • Short temper or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty eating or sleeping
  • Increased physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomach-aches
  • Increased alcohol or substance use.
If you are in a crisis, please call 911.


Keep Learning

If you’re looking for more mental health and wellbeing resources related to COVID-19, we’ve put together some helpful guides and tools available on our website.

We’ve also put together a free Psychological First Aid Guide which guides you through creating your own self-care plan, and offers practical tips for caring for yourself, and those around you.
 
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