As hard as it is to believe, Ontario has just entered it’s the third week under the State of Emergency, with top doctors in the province suggesting this could last until summer.
For many of you reading this, you are coaches and/or administrators who rely on a consistent routine for practices and training. With schools and gyms closed, and sports organizations making the right call to suspend in-person events, many of you are left without your hobbies, passions and livelihood. Regardless of what is happening in your life right now, know that the CAO is here for you.
So, we’ve done some research and put together some key tips and tricks to help you manage your physical and emotional well-being during this difficult time.
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‘Anxiety is a normal response to the current situation, says Tina Montreuil, assistant professor in the department of educational and counselling psychology at McGill University. And some of us may have a harder time coping than others, she says, since our usual freedoms and a lot of the control we typically have are restricted as schools, gyms, bars and workplaces close.’ – The Globe and Mail
For more information on managing anxiety during COVID-19, click HERE.
With these unprecedented times, it can be easy to feel down and feel isolated and alone. Even under normal circumstances, coaches are known for putting other’s needs ahead of their own! By nature, most coaches prioritize looking after those around them, so during a time of extreme stress, like right now, it’s even more important that they carve out time to care for themselves.
Talk to loved ones. Talk to friends. Talk to mental health professionals. There is ample mental health support available online and over the phone to help you during this time. Here are some available resources:
Free apps/platforms to communicate with friends and family:
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Have you checked out our resource page lately? It’s been updated with new articles and information. While you focus on your physical health, don’t forget to take care of your #MentalHealth, too. #coronavius #covid19 https://t.co/4edeO5v9qg— CMHA National (@CMHA_NTL) April 3, 2020
Have you checked out our resource page lately? It’s been updated with new articles and information. While you focus on your physical health, don’t forget to take care of your #MentalHealth, too. #coronavius #covid19 https://t.co/4edeO5v9qg
While going to practice and a gym is no longer an option, it is vital to maintain some sort of physical exercise at this time. Not only is it important for your physical health, but releasing endorphins (the happy hormones) can assist with staying mentally and physically fit. When you can, take a walk – either solo or with those in your immediate household, and change up your scenery, while still being mindful of keeping a distance from others.
For more information on free home workouts during COVID-19, click HERE.
A list of online classes and live streams dedicated to helping you keep active no matter the circumstances right now:@barrebelleinc @YYOGA @MISFITSTUDIO @PlanetFitness @fitnessbysaraht @DoYogaWithMe @downdogapp @wellandtight @FitnessBlender @PayChen https://t.co/s3rRSro3Ga— CBC Life (@cbc_life) March 17, 2020
A list of online classes and live streams dedicated to helping you keep active no matter the circumstances right now:@barrebelleinc @YYOGA @MISFITSTUDIO @PlanetFitness @fitnessbysaraht @DoYogaWithMe @downdogapp @wellandtight @FitnessBlender @PayChen https://t.co/s3rRSro3Ga
For those administrators or coaches with a business, you can visit The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to see what funding and support are available for your specific needs.
For those who lost their income due to COVID-19, you can visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page to see what funding and support are available for your specific needs.
For reliable and accurate updates on the outbreak, please visit the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
Check out your provincial public health authorities COVID-19 info: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
For more information on COVID-19: Awareness Resources, click HERE.
Check out our newest article with tips and tricks to support your athletes during this time.
If you are already receiving EI Regular or EI Sickness benefits, you don’t need to apply or re-apply to receive the Canada Emergency Benefit. https://t.co/h4cq3mDg5Z pic.twitter.com/p4kHredXVg— Employment and Social Development Canada (@ESDC_GC) April 2, 2020
If you are already receiving EI Regular or EI Sickness benefits, you don’t need to apply or re-apply to receive the Canada Emergency Benefit. https://t.co/h4cq3mDg5Z pic.twitter.com/p4kHredXVg
The CAO continues to provide remote NCCP learning opportunities at this time. To find out more about available classes, please click HERE.
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