Men­tal health tips from Pal­liser Pri­mary Care Net­work

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The Pal­liser Pri­mary Care Net­work has pro­vided some tips for man­ag­ing men­tal health un­der the new self-iso­la­tion regime. The prac­tice of phys­i­cally iso­lat­ing from each other runs counter to the usual norms for en­hanc­ing men­tal health, says Pal­liser ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Treena Klassen.

“Lots of times, some of the things we rec­om­mend for peo­ple to stay men­tally healthy are based on the fact that humans tend to be gre­gar­i­ous be­ings, who want to get out among each other and en­gag­ing in so­cial ac­tiv­ity,” she said.

The in­abil­ity to do that can be taxing one one’s psy­che, es­pe­cially when com­bined with con­cern for the well-be­ing of one­self and loved ones, Klassen added.

The Net­work’s ad­vice is:

-Es­tab­lish a rou­tine to find a sense of pur­pose. -Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for nat­u­rally boost­ing mood and self-es­teem.

-Eat healthy, lim­it­ing the amount of high sugar food and re­plac­ing it with high nu­tri­ent food – fruits, nuts, veg­eta­bles.

-Lim­it­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion to 10 serv­ings per week, with no more than two a day, for women and 15 serv­ings per week, with no more than three a day for men.

-Stay­ing in touch with loved ones through so­cial me­dia, text, video chats or email to sup­port each other.

-Bal­ance ac­tiv­i­ties with a com­bi­na­tion of on­line and off­line.

-Limit con­sump­tion of neg­a­tive news. -Con­sult on­line stress re­duc­tion re­sources, like from Help Guide, Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion and Al­berta Health Ser­vices.

There’s a 24-hour men­tal health help line for those who feel un­able to man­age dur­ing this tu­mul­tuous time, which can be reached at 1-877303-2642.

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