The outbreak of COVID-19 is causing stress for most people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance program.
This page will be updated regularly so check back for more resources.
Advice and guidance to help you manage change in these difficult times.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Online CBT Therapy is now covered by your Sun Life Plan.
Managing COVID-19 Worry and Anxiety
Identify techniques to identify and manage worry and anxiety.
Tools To Handle Covid-19-Related Stress
Specific activities to reduce stress caused by COVID-19.
Free Debt Counselling
Free credit counselling and debt management services until Dec. 31, 2020
Tips for Working at Home
Home work space
Working from home is a big change, especially if you are used to working in a more formal office setting. Setting up a home office takes a bit of planning and effort to make sure this space maximizes your efficiency and productivity.
Setting up a home workspace
- Discuss options for office set up or needs with your direct supervisor
- Contact ConnectionPoint prior to purchasing items for your workspace
- For all technology and accessory needs contact IT Acquisitions
- Webinar: Navigating Your Work From Home Transition
- Blog: Do You Suddenly Work from Home? What Do You Do Now?
- Article: Tips on How to Work From Home for Newbies
- Stretching: Stretches for Office Workers
Resources for Managers
- Webinar: Being An Effective Manager During The COVID-19 Pandemic
- What it Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting
- How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team is Remote
- 15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered
- How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting
- If Your Team Members Work Remotely, Find Ways for Them to Bond
- 7 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Teams
- 8 Ways to Create an Engaging Day for Employees
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis.
We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. So, while you’re staying in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support.
Video SeriesDr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity with Conference Board of Canada, has put out a series of videos to help people cope during these times.
Charging Your Battery
Fear and COVID-19
Calm and COVID-19
Your Mental health
Most Canadians are experiencing some financial stress due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thousands have lost their jobs as non-essential businesses have been closed to help stop the spread of the disease. The Government of Canada has. Learn how to get financial support from the government.
With the stock markets crashing around the globe you may have noticed your personal investments or pension has taken a hit in recent weeks. Depending on your personal situation you may want to keep your money invested. The Sun Life website has information about how to weather market volatility.
- Free Credit Counselling and Debt Management until Aug. 31, 2020
- Free Personal Finance Essentials COurse: McGill University
- Government of Canada Economic Response Plan
- Getting financial support from the government
- COVID-19: Staying the course in volatile markets
- COVID-19 and your savings plan: What can you do about it?
- How does coronavirus affect your savings?
- Webinar: Investing, the Essentials
- Webinars: Sun Life Financial Literacy and Wellness information
There are a number of benefits associated with regular physical activity and even more so in our present times. Here a few of the benefits of staying active while working from home:
- Prevents the loss of muscle strength and joint function
- Helps to increase energy level
- Helps maintain a healthy weight and may favourably affect body fat distribution
- Appears to relieve symptoms of depressions and anxiety and improve mood
- Prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure, and reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension
- Decreases risk of cancer
- Lowers the risk of Type II diabetes and maintains better control of blood glucose levels
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When you are at home all day, it is easy to get into bad eating habits. But it is important to eat well and maintain a balanced and varied diet throughout these times.
It is important to receive information from credible, trustworthy sources during this time. Dietitians are regulated health professionals committed to providing evidence-based advice and information that is tailored to your personal needs and challenges. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about nutrition and COVID-19.
- Mindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life
- Staying Engaged and Advancing Your Career as a Remote Employee
- Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback
- Building Mental Fitness for Optimal Brain Power
- Crisis Response Virtual Training for Essential Workers
- Managing COVID-19 Worry and Anxiety: Identify techniques to identify and manage worry and anxiety.
- Tools To Handle COVID-19-Related Stress: Specific activities to reduce stress caused by COVID-19
- Why Can't I Stop Eating: How emotions impact our teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Self-Isolating Together: How to get along with your partner and kids during COVID-19
- Navigating Your Work From Home Transition
- Mind Control: Help manage your mental health during COVID-19
- Coping with Stress: Stress management program with a focus on resilience (Access Code: SHOPPERS)
- Manager Mental Health Training: Support employees who may be struggling with their mental health
- Free Credit Counselling and Debt Management until Dec. 31, 2020
- Free Personal Finance Essentials Course: McGill University