Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Staying Sane During Social-Distancing


With social-distancing orders in place, it can be easy to feel disconnected not only from those we love most but from our usual daily routines too. Luckily, there are many creative ways and resources to help bring back some normalcy. From writing old fashioned letters to utilizing video chatting tools, today’s technology allows for frequent socialization even when stuck inside. Keep reading to find out how to stay sane by staying connected!


Check-In with Your Family


It’s important to keep your family members up to date on how you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Since it’s encouraged not to see one another right now, it’s easy to feel left out of the loop. This is avoidable by interacting with your loved ones through video chat, text messaging, or social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. There are even devices available that allow voice-commanded communication to occur. Talk with your family about getting you set up with one of these tools for safe face-to-face communication through a screen. Alternatively, old fashioned letter writing is a great way to stay connected and is a great activity to bond with grandchildren, if you have any.


Stick to a Routine


Although it may seem tempting to spend every day in your pajamas and just lounge on the couch, there can be serious consequences if too many days start to unfold like this. Make it a habit to rise each morning with a grateful heart and a positive mindset. Start your day with something that brings you joy and take care of yourself. Whether that be enjoying a cup of coffee with your partner or reading a book, sticking to a routine will give you something to look forward to every morning. Carry on with your day by practicing your favourite hobbies or learning a new skill. Start a project that you’ve been meaning to get done or find new outdoor places to explore at a safe distance. Get some daily exercise by going for a walk or taking an online video class. Make sure that you fill each day with activities that bring you happiness and make you smile during this stress-inducing time.


Communicate with Your Doctor


As we age, we tend to experience more medical issues, so it is a given that we’ll have to go to more routine doctor visits. In a time where physical contact is discouraged, it may seem difficult to continue with these visits. However, many physicians have shifted to online medical care, also known as telehealth. Check with your primary care doctor to see if they are offering visits through phone calls or video chatting. There are also telemedicine companies available that deliver prescription medication right to your door, so you don’t have to go anywhere to pick up daily medications that you may rely on. With the increase of telemedicine companies in Canada, there’s easier than ever access to healthcare from your own home. Be sure to take advantage of it during this time to minimize travel. 


Use Delivery Services


There are numerous delivery services available so that we can avoid leaving the house and coming in contact with potential carriers of the virus. Just like how you can get medication delivered, it’s also just as easy to get essential items like groceries delivered to your home. Be sure to sanitize anything delivered to you before using it with disinfecting spray or wipes just to be safe. You can also get takeout delivered, arts and crafts supplies, and other items to make this time inside go by before we know it.


Give Back to Others


Most importantly, take this time to support healthcare workers and essential employees on the frontlines by completing little acts of kindness. If you are skilled in sewing, consider making fabric face masks to donate to those who need them. Make monetary donations to local charities that help fund food banks if you can spare any change or give educational resources to underprivileged students. Create thank you cards to send to those that you know who are helping your community. Showing your appreciation will not only make those working hard to feel noticed, but it will also bring you happiness by knowing that you’re making others smile! Above all, stay at home to protect yourself and others. We will get through this together and in the meantime, enjoy this excuse to talk to your family every day and get some projects done.