NBNU: MindSpa

INTRODUCTION

As we combat the second wave of COVID-19, and new evidence and information emerges almost daily, now more than ever, it is important to take time for yourself to decompress and practice self care.

This page was created by NBNU to provide registered nurses and nurse practitioners suggested ways to take a break from the rigors of the job during this time of heightened stress, workload, and anxiety. It has been updated to include pertinent links and valuable information about mental health resources.

If you have suggestions for topics or information that could be added to this page to improve nurses experience, please email them to info@nbnu.ca. 

This page was last updated: February 5, 2021 

Tips for Dealing with Anxiety


Prioritize
 your self care routine

Avoid excessive consumption of the media

Focus on things you can control, like handwashing and social distancing

Talk to friends and family on calls and texts

Eat well, stay hydrated and get enough sleep

Practice meditation

Distract yourself with games, books and movies

Notice your feelings and write them down

Exercise to get out of your head

Keep busy doing things you enjoy, like music, crafts, or learning

Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill.

Sara Moss-Wolfe

Read Free e-Books

E-book website Scribd is offering 30 days of free access during this period of self-isolation. Their website includes a wide array of books, magazines and audiobooks for all audiences. Visit this website and settle in for a good read.

Nurses are the heart of healthcare.

Donna Wilk Cardill

THE COVID-19 ALERT APP 

Along with physical distancing, wearing a mask and other important steps, knowing what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus) is another keyway to protect yourself and your community.

But how do you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19? And, if you get sick, how can you make sure even strangers you’ve been near take the right steps to protect themselves and others? That’s where COVID Alert comes in.

With the free COVID Alert app, you can:

  • get a notification if you may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • get advice on what to do next
  • tell nearby app users if you test positive for COVID-19, without sharing any personal information

COVID Alert will not:

  • collect, store or access any personal data, or health information
  • tell you if you’re currently near someone who’s tested positive
  • tell you about outbreaks in your city or neighbourhood

COVID Alert is completely voluntary. You choose to download, use or delete it. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be in helping to protect each other and our communities.

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.

Christopher Germer