Increased precautions will be the norm for the foreseeable future. We are all adapting to this new normal, and for many the new normal is becoming more... well... normal.
Part of that is learning how to make it work for you. Shelter-in-place puts new demands on work, home life, and work-life balance. You remain top-of-mind for us, and so today we're sharing some healthy living strategies from the safety of your home.
Public Health is reminding Canadians the importance of exercising and staying active. As long as you remain 2m away from others, they recommend exercising at home, or even going outside for a run, a bike, or to walk the dog. Staying fit is so important for physical health - adult, young or old. Experts recommend no less than 150 minutes of activity requiring moderate effort. But exercising can have an important role for your mental health as well.
CBC published a great perspective called: Go home and stay home. But also exercise. How do we do that?. Getting outside is important to break up the feeling of confinement.
But the weather has often been cool and wet. Not too inviting. Why not set up a home circuit workout. Select a handful of exercises like jumping jacks, jog in place, planks and lunges. Do a circuit or two in the morning before starting your day, another to break up your morning and another in the afternoon. Home schooling...? Make the kids do it with you.
We've added technology that allows us to provide you with enhanced exercise video recommendations. Looking to progress on your care, just reach out to us. We're here to help.
Use shelf-stable ingredients to cook healthy meals. Canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, and dried grains are all shelf-stable ingredients to have on hand.
Use the time to slow down and enjoy meals with the important people. Family meals or connect remotely with friends will help you to eat slower, chew more and eat less.
Unexpected changes in circumstance are stressful. Uncertainty is stressful. Take a few minutes each day to meditate or practice mindfulness. There are some amazing apps available to guide you. Take the opportunity to improve your sleep hygiene - its one of the most important influencers you have control over. Call friends and family to stay connected.
Stick to routines, but new routines for this new environment. Your old routines won't apply in the same way. Reduce the pressure to be productive in the same way.
Our Social Worker Leanne Shapiro has years of experience offering various forms of therapy. Her services have also been deemed appropriate for telehealth under the Province's COVID provisions. Leanne has been preparing a number of additional resources that we will be sharing in future communications.
Care. That makes the difference.