The past few weeks has brought a lot of fear and uncertainty with the spread of Covid-19 across Canada. We’re hearing from the government and experts to practice social distancing as much as possible. This means staying home, avoiding crowded public spaces and distancing ourselves from other people as much as we can.
While this can seem overwhelming, there are many positives that can come from social distancing and staying home with your family. It’s important to look at this experience with a half cup full attitude, no matter how stressful it can be. There’s a lot of hope coming out of countries who have already experienced the worst of the virus (for example, China recently shut down the last two of 16 temporary coronavirus hospitals). We’re very lucky to live in Canada at a time like this, where strong measures are being taken and there’s a lot of hope. Here are 5 ways to stay healthy and positive amid uncertainty.
1. Build Stronger Family Bonds
With schools closed and work from home policies set in motion pretty much across the board, you’re going to be spending more time with your family. Take this as an opportunity to build stronger family bonds. Have meaningful conversations, play games, cook and eat meals together, go for walks, put together a puzzle. If you and your family are healthy, don’t take that for granted and focus on all the ways you can become a stronger unit.
2. Practice Gratefulness
At times of uncertainty, it’s really important to bring some positivity into your life. Each day, take out a pen and paper and write down 5 to 10 things you’re grateful for. Writing these things down will help you remember that despite everything going on right now, there’s still a lot to be thankful for.
3. Cook Healthy Meals
Take advantage of having more time to spend in the kitchen. When life is go-go-go, cooking healthy meals can take a back seat, but now you have the opportunity to put some time and love into your meals. Grocery stores will continue to stay open, even if there’s a lockdown, so you’ll always be able to get fresh food. Open up the cookbook you’ve been meaning to dive into, search Pinterest, or take a look through your grandma’s old recipe cards. Keeping your immune system strong is crucial at a time like this, so make meals that will help boost the immune system with ingredients like broccoli, spinach, garlic, ginger and citrus fruits.
4. Get Off Social Media and Read More
Social media is addicting and if you’re not careful, you can end up going down a negativity spiral. Hours are lost on social media each day, and with so much information out there right now, it can feel incredibly overwhelming. In order to stay positive at a time like this, limit your social media scrolling as much as possible. Instead of reaching for your phone, reach for a book. There are so many benefits to reading, from mental stimulation to stress reduction to improved focus and concentration. Books offer an escape from the stressors of real life, which is important when we’re experiencing so much uncertainty.
5. Keep Active
Although your regular fitness studios have likely closed down, that doesn’t mean you have to let physical activity fall by the wayside. Keeping active is so important for both your mental and physical well-being. There are plenty of at-home workouts available online (both free and paid) that you can do right from your living room or basement. You can also go for a walk, run or hike outside to ensure you get fresh air, vitamin D and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It’s a time of a lot of uncertainty, but if we work together to look on the positive side, we can all come out of it stronger, healthier, and happier than before.