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Column: Mental health and the pandemic

In this age of incessant connectivity, crippling productivity standards, and constant busyness, it goes without saying that a worldwide pandemic was hardly what our fragile spirits needed.

With the seemingly ever-changing regulations, cancellations, and general sense of apprehension that has been coating life in a thick and sticky layer of uncertainty, lately it seems like our fate, our future, and our happiness often rests in the hands of others.

And while I would usually offer up a sentiment about surrendering to unpredictability or searching for beauty amidst the chaos, I want to instead acknowledge the struggle that lays within the depths of change, and consequentially address the heightened importance of caring for our mental health.

I’m no psychologist or therapist, and can only speak from personal experience, but I’ve noticed a shift within myself since it all began. The feelings have been hard to pinpoint and they’re often fleeting, but without a doubt I’ve noticed a heaviness, a growing uneasiness, and a palpable increase in my anxiety levels. I say this not to vent, but rather to open up discussion about the importance of checking in with ourselves and others– normalizing not always being okay, prioritizing mental health the same way we do physical health, and offering both ourselves and those around us patience, kindness, and support.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it’s amazing what a simple phone call can lift, what a smile can lighten, and what a ‘how are you’ can do.

Despite the new regulations, the uncertainty and the changes, we’re all in this together. And I certainly don’t mean to come off as naive, but I do believe there is good to be dug out of every experience if we take the time to breathe, check in, and connect with our families, our neighbours, and most importantly ourselves.


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