In January of this year, 105 Gibson Centre launched a Counselling Service to
help people resolve challenges related to transitions or traumas in life such as divorce,
separation, deaths, chronic illness, victim of abuse or other family issues. With the centre
closure due to COVID- 19, counselling sessions are now being conducted over phone and online.
In addition to the centre switching operations mode with the pandemic, our lives are also greatly
affected. Many people are now working or schooling from home and feel “trapped” under home
isolation. Others have lost jobs or have working hours reduced thus greatly impacting the family
Facing these changes, 105 Gibson is more determined to be creative and innovative in
serving the community. Hence, its COVID-19 Counselling Helpline that has been setup where
professional counsellors will offer a free one- time counselling session to those who feel
Dr. Thomas S. Li, the counselling team lead, has compiled some tips on embracing optimism through
positive thinking, healthy activities and emotional management.
In coping with the situation, we need to enhance our resilience by embracing optimism, which can be
learned and practiced through Positive Thinking, Healthy Activities and Emotional Management. Let’s
stay strong and keep well by trying out the following suggestions:
The pandemic is affecting the whole world, everybody including myself are in the same boat and we
will fight together to win.
I can contribute my part by following experts’ advice and share the victory.
It will not last forever and we will come out of it stronger. It may get worse before it turns
We must hold up and remain strong and undeterred in our efforts despite some setbacks. Resilience
will pay off and enhance whatever we may choose to do in the future.
I know myself better and gain new experiences in facing solitude positively.
• Structure your daily activities and follow the set routines and get a sense of achievement at
the end of the day.
• Clean, tidy up or organize your living space and feel good about it.
• Read for pleasure or self-development.
• Do some intensive exercises at home or take a walk in the neighbourhood.
• Watch news to keep abreast of current affairs in the morning and evening but avoid over doing
• Volunteer to help people in need, e.g., grocery shopping for seniors living alone, serve in
the Food Bank, check out a neighbour in need by phone, etc.
• Enjoy solitude and cultivate your talents in baking, cooking, music, drawing, poetry,
horticulture, interior decoration and much more.
• Stay connected with your loved ones – practice distant socializing by telephone, video-
communication, and text messages.
• Practice relaxation using audio-visual resources from trusted sources available online.
• Avoid excessive worries by focusing on the present “here and now.”
• Live life one day at a time and take things one step at a time.
• Find solace in prayers and meditation
• Practicing mindfulness can help us let go of worries and bring ourselves back to the present
moment. For example, focusing on the gentle movement of your breath or the sound you hear around
you, can serve as helpful ‘anchors’ to come back to the present moment and let go of worries.
• Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal and review them later. Try to review your
negative thoughts and feelings and find some positive alternatives that can keep you optimistic.
We look forward to the day when the home isolation restrictions are lifted, and we can open doors
to welcome everyone again. For more information on how 105 Gibson Centre is still serving the
community throughout this time, please visit www.105gibson.com. We wish everyone safety, health
Call 647-918-1205 to reach the 105 Gibson Counselling Helpline.
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