You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: 3 Tips to Maintain Wellness during COVID-19

  • May 24, 2021
  • Priya Chopra

From not being able to visit loved ones to dealing with grief and loss, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with a myriad of challenges. Research has indicated, understandably, that the mental health of many Canadians has declined during this time. Many of us are juggling home and work obligations as the line between the two blurs. During times like this, it can be difficult to feel motivated or even happy. Below are three useful tips to implement in order to maintain mental wellbeing during these trying times:

1. Stay positive: From the continuous evolution of the state of the pandemic to world events, we are constantly being inundated with a plethora of stressful news. Make a conscious effort to appreciate the positive aspects of your life. Recording three things you are grateful for every day in a gratitude journal can be a great way to implement this if it feels difficult. Focus on the facts when reading the news. Avoid fear mongering articles and ruminating over things that are out of your control.

2. Stay active: Everyone knows being active can make you happier. It’s science. Carve out time during the day to join a yoga/workout class over Zoom, try out a fitness challenge on Youtube, go for a bike ride, or simply a long walk. Any time you can make to be active counts, and it will pay off in the long run.

3. Stay connected: Zoom socials can be fun, who knew? Obviously, virtual socials can’t compare to actually being able to spend time with friends and colleagues in person. However, there are so many opportunities to socialize through virtual events organized by professional and community organizations until it is safe to gather in groups in-person again. Networking during the pandemic is possible. Reach out to your current networks to connect you with other professionals in practice areas you would like to learn more about. Alternatively, send a cold email and suggest a virtual coffee talk.

As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s important to stay vigilant about taking care of yourself and your mental health. Doing so will allow you to not only be happier, but also more productive and efficient.

About the author

Priya Chopra is a member of the Young Lawyers Division – East section Executive. She practices in the area of tax litigation and dispute resolution in Ottawa, Ontario. 

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