Coping With COVID-19

Struggling with anxiety during this time of uncertainty? You’re not alone.
Learn from our experts on how you can cope.

During this time of increased uncertainty and rapid change, it can be difficult to cope. Whether you are struggling with self-isolation, financial hardship, are working on the frontlines, or are simply feeling scared about the future, it’s more important than ever to stay informed about how to take care of your mental health.

For years, Anxiety Canada has been working to develop free digital resources based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that teach people about anxiety and how to cope. We understand how important it is for credible and trusted information about anxiety to be freely accessible regardless of location, background, or socioeconomic status.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most relevant and most-used resources below. And check back regularly, since we are always looking for more articles and tools to add to our ever-growing list.

COVID-19 Town Hall Series

In 2020, we hosted a series of online town halls with experts, answering your questions on anxiety-related topics. Check them out below.

General Coping Strategies – March 26, 2020
CBT Strategies to Cope with Anxiety – April 16, 2020
Uncertainty During COVID-19 – May 7, 2020
Dealing with Uncertainty – May 14, 2020
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Coping – May 21, 2020
Frontline Workers: Trauma & PTSD – May 28, 2020

Articles on COVID-19


Returning to a New Normal: 12 Tips for Handling Uncertainty
Handling uncertainty as health guidelines are gradually lifted
Back in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers
Managing anxiety as a teacher transitioning back to work
7 Tips for Educators Returning to School During COVID-19
How to help students transition back into school while self-managing
What To Do If You Are Worried or Anxious About COVID-19
Practical tips to manage anxiety and uncertainty
COVID-19: Balancing Public and Mental Health
General public health guidelines related to COVID-19
Talking to Kids About COVID-19
Managing parental anxiety and opening up a healthy dialogue
Helping Health Care Workers Cope with COVID-19-Related Trauma
Strategies and recommendations for health care workers and leaders

Recognizing and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A academic commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on OCD
7 Strategies for Dealing with Needle Fear and Anxiety

Downloadable PDF of strategies for adults dealing with needle fear and anxiety.

8 Parenting Strategies to Help Children Who Experience Needle Anxiety and Fear During COVID-19

Downloadable parenting strategies to help children experiencing needle anxiety and fear during COVID-19


MindShift CBT Mobile App

Download our free mobile app, MindShift CBT, for iOS and Android.

Work through activities based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), track your progress, and listen to relaxing audio. See our 6.5 minute MindShift CBT Orientation video that walks you through using the app.

MindShift CBT Groups


Looking for in-depth and facilitated CBT support with registered counsellors? MindShift CBT Groups is an 8-session online group therapy program for small groups of adults (maximum of 10), which provides individuals with support, encouragement, and tools to help them cope better. Details and registration: MindShift CBT Groups.

My Anxiety Plan (MAP) Online Courses

Join the tens of thousands of individuals learning how to manage anxiety with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through our self-paced and evidence-based online courses.

Sign up for the adult MAP course
Sign up for the child/teen MAP course

CARD Handouts

The CARD System (Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract) provides groups of strategies that you can play to cope with stressful situations. Originally used to help reduce fear and pain from medical procedures, CARD can also be used in situations that cause fear or anxiety.

CARD for Individuals
CARD for Parents and Caregivers
CARD Vaccination Guide : A handout for teens/adults to explain CARD and provide them with vaccination strategies.
CARD Vaccination Tips – A poster aimed at teens/adults to promote CARD and the vaccination handout.
CARD Planning Checklist for HCP* – A handout for health-care providers giving them suggestions on how to set up a vaccination site.
CARD Vaccination Day Checklist for HCP – A handout for health-care providers on strategies they can use with patients on vaccination day.

*HCP = Health-care provider

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