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A Message from the staff of CMHA Vancouver Fraser Branch
As the situation related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, please know that the staff at CMHA VF are thinking about you and hope that things are as well as can be with you and your loved ones.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has asked that everyone maintain social distancing and as such, effective immediately our Delta, Vancouver and New Westminster Offices will be closed to visitors and program participants. The ECHO Clubhouse remains open however has reduced the number of people who can attend at one time to ensure we maintain social distancing within the Clubhouse.
Program managers and team leads are working tirelessly to ensure that the best possible supports are available to you during this time.
Please take a few minutes to read the following from our Resilient Minds workshop, that seems particularly applicable to the time we are living in. This helps to remind all of us of the self-care skills and knowledge we likely already have, but from time to time need to be reminded about.
“Often in times of uncertainty we experience negative thoughts, we question our actions and we can feel an overwhelming sense of anxiousness. This is normal. We are working/living in totally uncharted waters and all of us are impacted on a whole new level. I want to share some tips/advice to help with these feelings and emotions.
This content is based on research and is part of CMHA's Resilient MindsTM program for Building the Psychological Strength of Fire Fighters, 2017.
1. Breathe Deeply: If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath - until your abdomen rises. Breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 4, then out for 4. Hold for 4. Repeat. Box breathing is a simple technique to help ground us. This not only slows the heart rate, it lowers blood pressure and improves focus. This is a strategy that has been used for centuries and is used by top athletes. It allows us to be in the moment and gives us the ability to focus on the task at hand. Use this frequently, even when you are feeling okay. Read more about breathing deeply.
2. Realistic optimism: This is not pretending to feel good about a situation, but rather changing the meaning of an event by generating a perspective that is both truthful and positive. We can’t control the weather, stock market, other people’s behaviour… ultimately, things that concern us. We can avoid wasting our energy on things we can't control, and put our energy and focus on what we say and do. We can consider the possible consequences and make different choices to effect the outcome - therefore increasing our ability to grow. Working from a place of control increases our ability to have positive impact. Read more about realistic optimism.
3. Self-efficacy: This is simply our perceived ability to meet the demands and cope with life experiences. It’s the capacity to organize and use available resources. It involves responding mindfully to internal and external stressors rather than reacting. Ultimately it’s trusting yourself, your skills and your teams. Preparation, planning and clear thinking, mean fewer variables and less anxiety, helping us to remain agile for responding to changing circumstances. Read more about self-efficacy.” By Seia Roots and Steve Fraser
Above all else… take care of each other.
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Participant Quotes about Get Set & Connect
"It has made me feel more positive and more connected to others"
"A chance to do activities with other people who have the same interests as me and to make new friends"
“My coach is easy to reach when I have questions about certain activities. She also really listens to my concerns and appreciates my needs”
“It was easy to become comfortable with the participants in the group and I began to develop friendships”