H&S Newsletter: Supporting Each Other Through Health and Wellness

As part of the committee’s ongoing efforts to provide general information on health and safety matters, the following message is the next in our series of communications.

When everyone was affected by the pandemic, many of us began working remotely in March, others had their working hours or situations adjusted, and many of our members were left without work at all, we may have reacted with an initial fight-or-flight-like response. In the first few months, we relied on what we knew or read about crisis management and short-term stress management tools. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic we have recognized that it is more of a marathon versus a sprint.  This has meant that we need different skills and tools to adjust to our “new normal”, here are a few resources that we have found both informative and helpful:

Remember the Take 10 campaign – take regular short breaks during the day.  Step outside for a walk mid-day or between meetings can make a difference. 3 guided practices to find calm and equanimity also offers other ideas that you can use throughout the day. 

Managing stress during the pandemic from Piedmont Health Centre suggest multiple ideas to help reduce stress, like having a daily self-care ritual and placing limits on news consumption and social media use. 

How to cope with job stress and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centre for Disease Control notes some work-related factors that could add to stress and highlights ways to manage them, such as identifying what you can and can’t control.

Check out our Thursday night webinars.

COVID During the Holidays: A Supportive Discussion.

In case you missed the first 13 webinars or COVID and the Holidays, these links are a great resource on building resilience, and supporting our health and well-being.

211’s telephone line and online directory help Canadians deal with life’s challenges. The service connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs. From basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations, 211 is there.

United Way is a proud founding partner of 211 in Canada, providing funding and support for the program, and working to make its services available to all Canadians.

Masks are our new everyday accessory – while many of us are experiencing mask fatigue, it is still one of the most important and simplest layers of defence. If worn properly, Masks protect the wearer from getting infected or masks can be worn to protect others from being infected by the wearer, and overall transmission to others, and this is their most important use for society. If we lower the likelihood of one person infecting another, the impact is exponential, so even a small reduction in those odds results in a huge decrease in deaths. It can be accomplished with something as simple as a cloth mask. Control the spread If you can’t wear a mask due to medical reasons, then do the next best thing, practice social distancing and reduce your risk through contact and always wash our hands!  

We are in this together & welcome your input – if you have other suggestions that you have found helpful, please share them with the PSAC Regional Health and Safety Committee at wirthc@psac-afpc.com