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.
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Advice and guidance to help you manage change in these difficult times.
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.
How to get along with your partner and kids during the pandemic.
Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Tips for Working at Home
For those who have never had to work from home before, it may be hard to adjust and stay productive in what is typically a leisure setting.
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 a bit of effort to make sure this space maximizes your efficiency and productivity.
If you require any items from your university workspace to more safely or efficiently work from home please contact your manager and supervisor.
Designate a workspace
- Living room or bedroom are not ideal workspaces
- Table height should be comfortable
- Lighting should be adequate for work tasks
Use a sturdy chair
- Use a office task chair, if you have one
- Ensure your thighs are parallel to the floor
- Use your backrest and keep your feet flat on the floor
Consider your computer/peripheral set-up
- External monitor and keyboard is preferable over a laptop
- Keep monitor at eye level
- Keep arms / wrists neutral
- Breaks help reduce fatigue
- If you can’t adjust your workstation, more frequent breaks are needed
- Take time to stand up, stretch, move around, and stay hydrated
- Schedule your workday to allow for some time between tasks
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
Dealing with Isolation
Fear and COVID-19
Calm and COVID-19
Your Mental health
Almost 75 per cent of 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.
Be Active at Home
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 favorably 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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