Avoid Information Overload

  • Limit your intake of information & choose sources that are credible (Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador).
  • Limit your conversations about the pandemic in your household.
  • Limit conversations with children to the facts & how your family will seek support if needed.
  • If you find the topic upsetting, set personal boundaries in conversations.

Make Relaxation a Priority

  • Do activities you enjoy & spend time with family (e.g., music, books, movies).
  • Try relaxation techniques (e.g., deep breathing, mindfulness).

Eat a Variety of Healthy Foods Each Day

  • Use Canada’s Food Guide when planning meals & snacks.
  • Make water your drink of choice.
  • Choose foods with less sodium; reduce sugars & saturated fat.

Stay in Touch with Family/Friends

  • Use technology to stay socially connected even when you cannot be physically connected.

Exercise Regularly

  • Take part in physical activity daily.
  • Choose activities you enjoy.
  • If indoors for long periods of time, try playing indoor physical games like dance parties, musical chairs & interactive video games.
  • Interrupt long periods of sitting or reclining with activity (e.g., stretch, climb stairs, chores)

Get Enough Sleep

  • Establish a bedtime routine & stick to it, even if the normal daily events have changed.
  • Stay away from caffeinated drinks & large meals in the evenings.
  • Engage in relaxing activities 1 hr before bedtime.

Keep a Sense of Humour

  • Watch funny movies, tell jokes, play games

Supporting Others

  • Ask if it’s okay to talk about the pandemic.
  • Check in with people daily.
  • Help neighbours or family members with special needs.
  • Offer to listen if you notice someone is having a difficult time.
  • Encourage friends in isolation to connect with supports (e.g., family, neighbours, coworkers, clergy)

Helping children cope with feelings & behaviours:

  • Acknowledge children’s fears.
  • Provide reassurance. Tell them lots of people are working hard to keep them safe.
  • Maintain daily routines – children & teens thrive on structure (e.g., bedtime, meals).
  • Be calm & model confidence. Children learn to cope by watching how their parents or caregivers cope in times of stress.
  • Provide information your child can understand & limit exposure to news stories & images.
  • Reinforce things children can do to protect themselves (e.g., wash hands, cough into sleeve).
  • Help your child stay socially connected.

If you have concerns about your mental health, please refer to the following resources:



9 am – 12 midnight

Mental Health & Addictions Systems Navigator


9 am – 5 pm weekdays

Health Line     


24 hours – 7 days/week

Check out the new E-Mental Health options from the comfort of your home.

If you or someone you know requires emergency or crisis support, please call 911 or

Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line      


 24 hours – 7 days/week

Crisis Text Line      

Text ‘Talk’ to 686868

24 hours – 7 days/week 

Kids Help Phone    


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