Psychologists provide recommendation on combating the January and COVID-19 blues – Montreal |

Psychologists offer advice on fighting the January and COVID-19 blues - Montreal |

2022-01-18 03:55:38

Right now isn’t only a snow day, it’s Blue Monday, thought of some of the miserable days of the yr.

International Information spoke with two psychologists on tips on how to cope throughout these hectic instances.

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For a lot of Quebecers, Monday’s snowstorm got here at an inopportune time after holidays that had been troublesome for a lot of households.

“It’s darkish, it’s gloomy, it’s chilly. That simply feels so heavy for therefore many individuals emotionally,” stated Lisa Brookman, co-director of the West Island Remedy and Wellness Centre.

And we’re nonetheless residing underneath COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Extra individuals than ever, she stated, are coming to her clinic.

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“Individuals who by no means earlier than of their life struggled with disappointment or anxiousness. Individuals are simply having a very onerous time adapting and I feel one of many greatest issues we’re seeing is a scarcity of hope,” she stated.

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Scientific psychologist Pierre Faubert stated the snowstorm might be good for our morale, if we let it.

“If we’ve got a minimal quantity of optimism, then this may be one thing else to do than speak in regards to the pandemic,” he defined.

“It’s a method of breaking the traditional sample — and we’d like that,” he stated.

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To battle the January blues, Brookman suggests self-compassion — transfer your physique, even when it’s easy workout routines like stretching or meditation, get sufficient sleep and get sufficient daylight. Faubert suggests one thing else on prime of that — spending time together with your feelings.

“Feelings are messengers,” he stated. “They’re messengers of the deepest areas of our being. They’re messengers of our souls.”

Nonetheless, too typically, he stated, we don’t hearken to them.

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“Feelings are like little youngsters; they’ll yell and scream till they get what they need,” he stated.

He gave a private instance: “I’ve been on my kitchen ground, you already know, crying, and having all types of feelings and asking myself, ‘What the hell is occurring? What is that this telling me?’ And finally, you get out of it,” he stated.

“However you get out of it a richer and extra compassionate individual.”

He defined that tragedy can even encourage moments of creativity. It may be disagreeable at instances, Faubert stated, however it additionally builds character.

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