The news is filled with stories about the anticipated next wave of the COVID-19 spread. If you’re feeling unsettled

The news is filled with stories about the anticipated next wave of the COVID-19 spread. If you’re feeling unsettled with all the news, you’re not alone. Experts at Morneau Shepell offer the following tips to navigate the “second wave.”

  • Avoid scrolling. Take time away from social media, news and social apps where it’s impossible to get away from the topic. Set a timer and limit how long you spend on those sites.

  • Stay on top of your health. Exercise 30 minutes a day, not just for the physical benefits, but for the mental ones as well. Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated. Prioritize good sleep and practice gratitude.

  • Ask for help when you need it. Make a list of friends and neighbors who you could call on if you’re likely to need help getting groceries or running errands, or who you could chat with if you need to unload. Consider forming a “quarantine pod,” a group that physically interacts exclusively with other members who are all following disease prevention guidance in mutually agreeable ways. If you need more professional assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to a counselor. As a reminder, your EAP is a great place to start.

  • Combat screen fatigue. Try to develop the habit of looking away from screens for at least 20 seconds after 20 minutes of sustained work.

It’s also important to check in on your friends and family too. Be sure your family and immediate circle understand what you expect when it comes to preventing the virus from spreading.

Together we will get through this.