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Being worried, even scared, in these circumstances is totally understandable. Looking out for your mental, as well as physical, health is important, but the physical distancing required to protect others from the coronavirus can create a “cocoon” of isolation that makes self-care difficult.

What can you do? We asked experts for advice:

  • Keep a routine: Give yourself structure. Eat healthy, stay active and get plenty of sleep.
  • Keep things in perspective: Remind yourself that most people experience mild illness and this will come to an end. Avoid going down internet rabbit holes.
  • When and where to seek help: Feeling very irritable, snapping at others and having a hard time sleeping are signs you are not able to cope on your own. CAMH and the Canadian Psychological Association have resources to recognize that behaviour and adapt. The Globe also has a guide to what services are available and how to protect your mental health.

How should both employers and employees manage the psychological impact of self-quarantine? One fully remote company shares lessons on staying mentally fit:

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  • Communication: Remote teams can’t rely on body language. Any way you can help your staff feel involved and connected organically is a win.
  • Check-ins: There’s enormous value in discussing morale, mental health and social wellness.
  • Social distance – not isolation: Start traditions. Remote teams need things to look forward to and opportunities to connect in stress-free ways.

You can also read The Globe and Mail’s digest of the latest news about COVID-19′s spread around the world and sign up for the Coronavirus Update newsletter.

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