Posted by Caroline Lachapelle on March 20, 2020
Caroline Lachapelle

As Canadians have been urged to stay home as much as possible to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the Dialogue team has compiled some ideas and resources to keep you healthy, active and calm.



1) Relaxation and meditation

    • Try to disconnect from your phone and the news for at least an hour a day.
  • Headspace (a relaxation app) has unlocked a free selection of meditation and mindfulness content to tackle stress.

2) Staying physically active

staying active
  • Many gyms and trainers have created at-home workouts requiring little to no equipment. Check your local gym’s social media pages for virtual workouts or Fitness Blender for a variety of free programs and exercises.
  • Start a little friendly competition through a virtual step challenge with colleagues, friends or family using a fitness tracker (we’ve started our own at Dialogue!).

3) Eating healthy

  • When trying to limit trips to the grocery store, consider buying a combination of:
    eating healthy- Protein foods (canned fish, lentils, beans, eggs, cheese, milk, etc.)
    - Whole grains (quinoa, rice, whole-wheat pasta, rolled oats, etc.)
    - Vegetables (canned or frozen, leafy greens, long-lasting root vegetables like carrots and potatoes)
    - Fruits (canned, frozen or dried, longer-lasting fruits like oranges or apples)
    - Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, nut butters, or avocado)
    - For more ideas, consult this article.
  • Make a list prior to going to the grocery store to minimize time spent roaming the aisles.

4) Working from home habits

working from home
  • If working from home is new to you, try defining when your day is done and taking regular breaks to maintain a schedule.
  • Use video conferencing to connect with your colleagues, and schedule lunch, coffee or snack breaks with team members or friends when possible.

5) Caring for children

  • With schools closed across the country and child care potentially
children learninglimited for you, it may be a struggle to maintain a structure and schedule. Try creating a daily calendar that can include time for learning, reading, playing, and walking in your yard for example


Topics: Health and Wellness