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Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may potentially harm us. This is a stressful time for many of us, and it’s normal to feel more anxious than usual. This is an important time to prioritize relaxation and rest in order to cope with the uncertainty.

In addition to the resources below, try and use helpful coping strategies such as ensuring sufficient rest and respite during work or between shifts, eat sufficient and healthy food, engage in physical activity and stay in contact with family and friends.

In the time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to practice good care for ourselves and others, and continue to build mindful community by reaching out with our hearts instead of our hands.


Mindfulness helps to decrease stress, increase resilience, improve personal productivity, develop connections with others, and augment the ability to experience more joy and peace.


Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, and without judgment.


Try a mindfulness practice called S.T.O.P


Access our mindfulness resource guide (PDF).


Virtual sessions at PHSA


  1. Register on the LearningHub to receive emails with access details for the upcoming virtual Mindfulness Meditation sessions at PHSA: “Living Wellness - Mindfulness Meditation”

Register on the LearningHub for the following sessions to practice daily mindfulness meditations, learn strategies for managing stress, and learn ways to increase your well-being. 

Upcoming Wellness Sessions:

Topic: The Science of Happiness
Date: March 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Register on the LearningHub

Topic: The Fundamentals of Change and Transition
Date: April 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Register on the LearningHub. 

Topic: Handle With Care - Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Date: April 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Register on the LearningHub. 

Topic: Manage Your Time and Energy
Date: April 21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Register on the LearningHub. 

Topic: The Science of Happiness
Date: April 29, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
Register on the LearingHub. 

Topic: Resilience in the Workplace – Co-Existing with COVID-19: What is your plan?
Date and Time: Various dates and times.

Topic: Mindfulness Meditaiton
Date and Time: Various dates and times. Register on the Learninghub
COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-being (Canadian Mental Health Association, B.C). 

Taking care of each other during COVID-19 (Peer Support for physicians UBC)

Coping with Stress (World Health Organization, WHO)

Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 program (a free online program from Starling Minds™)



1. Access a Self-Care Starter Kit to help you identify your self-care needs and build a self-care plan.


2. Take a 21 day Self-Care Challenge:


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are having to adapt to quickly evolving circumstances, at times in the absence of our usual coping mechanisms. It is understandable to feel heightened fear or anxiety, or to feel mentally unprepared for such long periods of physical distancing and living with uncertainty. These circumstances make it all the more important to ensure you take time every day to care for yourself and practice your resiliency skills. What can you do today to care for yourself? How can you bring resiliency into your daily life during this challenging time? 

You can view a handout of all 21 days of the Self-Care Challenge. We hope that this will be a useful resource for you to reflect on as you continue to build and enhance your daily self-care practice. 

Self-Care Challenge Day 1:

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The self-care challenge is informed by the Resilience at Work (R@W) Individual Model developed by Kathryn McEwen (organizational psychologist) and Dr. Peter Winwood. Take a look at the R@W Building Your Resilience Workbook by Kathryn McEwen. 




 

PHSA staff can register for Virtual Fitness Classes 


• A variety of classes will be offered, including: Zumba, Pilates, yoga, stretch breaks, power circuit, high intensity interval training (HIIT), mindfulness and more! Fitness classes will be 45 minutes long and will be available Monday to Friday at various times throughout the weekdays to accommodate different work schedules.


Register on the LearningHub.


Curtis Health online fitness resources

PHSA's onsite fitness provider, Curtis Health, provides online resources for workout handouts and videos, running tips, meditation and mindfulness, recipes, and at home activities with the family. 

Yoga and group fitness class recordings are being posted to the Curtis Health Thrive site on a weekly basis.


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5 Min Desk Workout

Lessen the negative effects of sitting with this 5 minute series you can do at your desk. 

Working Well Newsletters:

December 2020
January 2021
February 2021
March 2021

April 2021


New Article:

You can go to POD and search 'Working Well' in the News section to view recent articles.


You can also read the new resource for Tips on TIP for a general introduction and overview of trauma-informed practice. Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) is a 'way of working' that helps create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace that benefits everyone -employees, patients, clients and families.


Articles in 2021:

January 2021

February 2021

April 2021

Articles in 2020:

PHSA’s Psychological Health, Safety and Wellness team supports the mental health of all employees in any PHSA program, service, or division. Questions? Email psychealthsafety@phsa.ca.

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