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What to say when someone’s having a hard time

It can be challenging to know exactly what to say when someone is having a hard time. This includes “toxically positive” messages. Here’s a great article about the dos and don’ts of constructive support.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/how-to-help-mental-health/2021/07/27/7ab2476c-ef06-11eb-a452-4da5fe48582d_story.html?fbclid=IwAR28iWghPsbjJaf49IpoualnUO5TurEP_TRer93_T3M4BxuCKHw-q_UlR8c

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Overcoming Phone Addiction

If you have difficulty putting your phone down sometimes, you are not alone. This is an interesting article about recommendations from psychologists about how to develop a healthier relationship with devices.

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Back to Work Anxiety

If you are anxious about going back to work after working from home for the duration of the pandemic, you are not alone. Here is a great article and some tips for how to cope.

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Sleep Difficulties and the (Post)Pandemic

A vast majority of adults struggle with occasional or persistent sleep difficulties. And the pandemic hasn’t helped. This is an interesting article about how the pandemic has made sleep worse for a lot of people and how to make it better.

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Transitioning out of COVID Restrictions

If you are apprehensive about transitioning out of COVID restrictions, you are not alone. This particular transition back to the “old normal” is making lots of people anxious. It’s a good time to check your coping skills. Here’s an interesting article about it:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/5-tips-from-mental-health-experts-on-transitioning-out-of-covid-restrictions

 

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COVID 19 Stress Management

It seems that the latest public health restrictions in response to the latest wave of COVID have hit many people really hard. Lots of people feel disappointed and stressed that the pandemic is still going on and restrictions are still being imposed.

If you feel like that, here are five stress excellent stress management tools:

https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/stress-management-tools

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COVID “FOGO” Fear of Going Out

Over the last few months, I have noticed a significant increase in the phenomenon of “FOGO” or Fear of Going Out in my work with individuals. Re-entering society after everything we’ve been through can be tough. Here’s an interesting article about this.

https://vancouversun.com/health/local-health/covid-19-has-fogo-got-you-no-go-heres-what-you-can-do-about-a-fear-of-going-out

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Toxic Positivity

Have you ever felt annoyed by someone being annoyingly positive, to the point where it can feel invalidating of genuine and real but difficult feelings? This is a great article about an antidote: tragic optimism. Take a look!

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210302-tragic-optimism-the-antidote-to-toxic-positivity

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Coping with COVID Resources

Here is an excellent collection of handouts and other resources about how to stay mentally well and healthy during the COVID crisis. The list was developed by the Canadian Psychological Association.

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