It is now more important than ever to decompress and feel the support of those around you. This page is dedicated to giving nurses a break from the rigors of the job during this time of heightened stress, workload and anxiety.

Please enjoy these videos, quotes and activities. If you have suggestions for items that could be added to this page to improve user experience, please email them to [at]

escape galleries

In 2021 NSNU launched two contests asking members to share pictures and commentary of their favourite pastimes, and ways to escape the more social and emotional side effects of the pandemic.

Check out the entries from each contest below:

Escape Contest Photo Gallery  |  Fall Escape Contest Photo Gallery

Tips for Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety

Prioritize your self care routine

Avoid excessive consumption of the media

Focus on things you can control, like handwashing and social distancing

Talk to friends and family on calls and texts

Eat well, stay hydrated and get enough sleep

Practice meditation

Distract yourself with games, books and movies

Notice your feelings and written them down

Exercise to get out of your head

Keep busy doing things you enjoy, like music, crafts, or learning

"The simple act of caring is heroic." - Edward Albert


Keep in Touch

Keep in Touch

It is important during this time that we keep in touch with our loved ones. Here are a few free video chatting services for you to use.

Zoom - Zoom How-To

Facebook Messenger - Messenger How-To

FaceTime (Apple Only) - FaceTime How-To


Stream new releases

Rather than delay new releases, production companies have teamed up with streaming services to release new movies to the public. Use your existing accounts to rent films on platforms like Apple TV, HBO Go and Disney+.

Check out this list for films you can screen from home.


Read free e-Books

E-book website Scribd offers a 30-day free trial with access to their online library. Their website includes a wide array of books, magazines and audiobooks for all audiences. Visit this website and settle in for a good read.

"Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill." – Sara Moss-Wolfe


“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed” – Dale Carnegie

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer

Stronger together

Canada’s best and brightest banded together to show support for Food Banks Canada’s $150-million coronavirus campaign in Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble, a TV special packed with Canuck celebrity appearances and musical performances.

Watch event performances online

Canada Together


#CanadaTogether is a national initiative to inspire, educate & engage Canadians
as we band together during these times. Whether it’s news, financial assistance, or tips for entertaining kids, you’ve come to the right place!

Visit #CanadaTogether

one world

On April 18, 2020, artists from around the world came together for an online concert to celebrate COVID-19 workers. The music and showcases of people working on the front lines came together to create a special event that honours the human spirit, resilience, and generosity. Please enjoy the One World: Together at Home special at the link below.  

One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." - Orison Swett Marden

CFNU Canadian Labour Congress