B.C. Wildfires 2018: Mental health a concern as smoke chokes province

The Canadian Mental Health Association is urging B.C. residents to practise self-care and good mental wellness during this prolonged stretch of poor air quality caused by the more than 500 wildfires burning around the province. That may include getting lots of rest, exercising indoors, spending more time with friends, and speaking to a professional if the anxiety persists more than a couple of weeks. Some areas in the Interior and Central B.C. have experienced air quality levels this week that far exceed what are considered hazardous to health. AQI levels in Vanderhoof, for example, were double the hazardous level on Wednesday. So practicing mindfullness and taking time to understand your current mental state is advised during this time. 

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