Each one of us is struggling these days to stay motivated, find comfort, and stay happy during COVID-19.
On Friday, I participated in a group counselling session offered by my company. The theme of the discussion was dealing with self-isolation. It was interesting to hear how COVID-19 was affecting people in different ways and the strategies people were using to cope with self-isolation. If you’re as lucky as I am to have an employer who is proactively offering opportunities to take care of your mental health, I highly encourage you to take advantage of them.
If you don’t, the good news is there are many wonderful resources online to tap into. Last week, I shared Yale’s online happiness course. Another great resource is the Conference Board of Canada who has been producing short videos on mental health.
Here’s one to watch from Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research and Productivity on the PLAY model to happiness. Dr. Howatt shares that while half of our happiness is genetic disposition, the other half we can directly influence through PLAY:
- Finding something you’re Passionate about
- Living in the moment
- Finding one Awesome thing each day
- And finally, Laugh, be silly, vulnerable and laugh often
Certainly COVID-19 has forced us to live in the moment, but the others may be a tall order these days. It’s still great advice at any time.
This week’s #HappyAct is to be proactive in taking care of your mental health and PLAY.