These are unprecedented times. Navigating these unchartered waters may be the most difficult thing some of us ever do.
Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, or uncertainty due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic? Are you looking for a way to feel calm and supported to better cope with these challenges? Psychological First Aid is now available to staff and professional staff at our Hospital. To book your confidential appointment or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate if you would prefer a group or individual appointment)
All staff and professional staff have a role to play in our Hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fulfilling that role comes with challenges, anxiety and a deep impact to our own health and wellbeing. It is imperative to take time to address physical and mental wellbeing. You are strongly encouraged to make use of the valuable resources listed below:
According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) physical activity guidelines, it is recommended that adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every week. Physical activity not only helps you to stay physically healthy, but decrease stress and anxiety.
- Body Mind Centre (through Facebook): Provides daily yoga and meditation videos to follow at home.
- Cleveland Clinic: Exercise: Shares information about how to get started on an exercise program.
- Down Dog App: This is a yoga app, that is free for healthcare staff until July 1st, that includes yoga, yoga for beginners, High Intensity Interval Training, Ballet inspired workouts and prenatal yoga!
- Movati Athletic Thunder Bay (through Facebook): Provides various workout and yoga videos that can be followed at home.
- ParticipACTION app: Provides various physical activity tracking and exercise recommendation features.
- Strava app: Provides physical activity tracking specifically running and cycling.
WHO: Being Active during COVID-19: Shares information about why physical activity is important and how to safely workout at home during COVID-19
Eating healthy plays a key role in staying well. Eating healthy keeps your body strong and healthy, helps prevent chronic disease, improves focus and mood, and helps with getting a goodnight’s sleep. Follow Canada’s Food Guide and try new healthy recipes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Canada’s Food Guide: Educates the public about Canada’s Food Guide, healthy eating tips and recipes that follow these guidelines.
- Grocery Hero is a free delivery service for frontline medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This service was formed to decrease potential exposer of COVID-19 from grocery stores and to assist medical staff who are working long hours to keep our community safe.
- Grocery Service for Hospital Staff: Select grocery items are available to purchase through Flavours Cafeteria. Click on “Groceries 2Go Order Forms” and send pre-orders to email@example.com.
- Healthy Get Together Speaker Series: Provides presentation videos about a range of topics related to health promotion, including ‘Following Canada’s Food Guide on a Budget’, ‘Unprocessed Food in an Ultra-Processed World’ and many more.
- TBDHU: Food and Nutrition During COVID-19: Provides tips for grocery shopping, emergency food access, and healthy eating during COVID-19.
With school now being virtual and daycare and extra activities cancelled, it can be difficult to maintain a daily routine around the house. Keeping children busy and continuing their education is important for children and parents.
- Active for Life: Provides a list of activities to keep kids busy while parents work at home.
- Strong4Life: Provides information about various topics relating to parents and children during COVID-19.
- Sick Kids: Shares resources for how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 45 Free Educational Websites for Kids: Provides educational games and activities for children to complete.
- Ementalhealth: Mental Health Recourses for Children: Provides mental health help and information sheets for children. Also assists in finding mental health help in your area.
- Accounting for Bravery: Offers frontline healthcare workers access to Chartered Professional Accountants across Ontario who want to help with 2019 taxes as a token of their appreciation.
- Employee Family Assistance Program (Behaviour Sciences Centre): Offers a number of different wellness resources and counselling services for staff. Can also be accessed by phone at 623-7677
- Green Shield Stronger Minds: Offers guidance for protecting your emotional well-being.
- Ontario Community Support Association: Offers a number of community resources for people who need may need more assistance such as elderly individuals, individuals with medical conditions, or low-income households.
- The Walleye: List of what is open in Thunder Bay. Services ranging from restaurants for takeout, services, automotive, bakeries and more.
St. Joseph’s Care Group is changing up regular sessions on chronic pain and opioid stewardship during this unprecedented time to possibly provide supports for healthcare staff. As a result, we are offering a Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) series, a 6-week evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion.
This brief education series, facilitated by Monique Mercier, aims to improve well-being and personal resiliency in healthcare professionals by teaching skills to deal with distressing emotional situations as they occur.
The first session will be Thursday May 7th, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm. As always, our ECHO sessions are free and open to any healthcare provider.
To register for these sessions, please visit our new website: http://sjcg.echoontario.ca