Whether it’s because of an over-saturation of COVID-19 content in the media…
a disruption in daily routines, or an overwhelming sense of uncertainty, there are many valid reasons to be feeling anxious at this time. That’s why we are joining the #MentalHealthMonday hashtag to bring you weekly tips to help protect your mental health.
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. So, if you are feeling more anxious than usual, it is totally normal and understandable. One way to cope with anxiety is grounding: coming back to the present moment and entering a calm state.
Being grounded refers to a state of mental awareness which transitions us to the present. Grounding may help distract you from the unwanted feelings you are currently experiencing and to redirect your focus to the “here and now”. Below are some tried and true grounding exercises that can help achieve this desired outcome:
Take a deep breath and look around you.
Name 5 things you can see out loud (a picture, a pillow, a desk, etc.).
Touch 4 things around you (notice your feet nestled in the carpet, pet your dog, play with your hair). Pay attention to how they feel, are they soft/hard, heavy/light, what kind of texture do they have?
Acknowledge 3 sounds you can hear (birds chirping, the washing machine cycling, your stomach rumbling). What is happening around you?
Find 2 things you can smell (a candle, food, an item of clothing). What does that scent remind you of?
What is 1 thing you can taste (the mint flavour from your toothpaste, the coffee you drank earlier, the gum in your mouth)?
Listen to your favourite song. Pay close attention to each individual aspect of the music; first the beat, then the lyrics, then each instrument. Notice how all the parts come together as one.
Name facts about yourself and your relation in society.
Example: “My name is Tom. I am 43 years old. Today is Thursday, April 2, 2020. It is 4:00 p.m. I am sitting on a couch in my house. I am an electrician. I am an uncle. I have 2 cats. My favourite colour is blue.”
Continue by saying what you have done today and what you will do today.
Staying where you are, visually locate each object in the area that is red, then orange, then yellow, etc. (follow the rainbow).
Start with your feet: Are you wearing shoes? Where did they come from? Did you buy them as a reward for getting a new job? Were they a gift from a loved one for your birthday? How long have you had them?
Work your way up your body, going over each item of clothing or jewelry on the way.
You can even think about the makeup you are wearing or the skin care products you used that day.
capture the moment
Take a photo of something that you like, that stands out to you, or of something that is meaningul to you.
Disclaimer: The above techniques are only intended to provide temporary relief and may not be effective for everyone, or might require practice over time. If your experience of anxiety persists and becomes disruptive to your health, please contact a medical doctor/other certified professional (psychotherapist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, therapist) please contact us for assistance with referrals.
If you are in need of food, please phone 705-432-2444 to book an appointment or inquire about what we have available. Until further notice we are restricting access to our building, please call for any inquiry.
Please note as of March 16, 2020 that the Sunderland Food Bank, the Beaverton Food Bank and the Food Pantry at the Nourish and Develop Foundation in Cannington are all operational. Families or individuals that are currently registered with the above organizations will continue to get food from where they are registered. New families or individuals in need of food are to phone their closest Food Bank or Pantry and inquire about food availability and registration. The contact information for all three food sources are posted below:
Beaverton: Brock Community Food Bank (705) 426-1771
Cannington: The Nourish and Develop Foundation (705) 432-2444
Sunderland: Brock Community Food Bank (705) 426-1771