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
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- You can incorporate some new exercises to stay active indoors like this fun-themed yoga or these workouts for kids.
- Take a virtual tour of 12 museums from across the world (great for adults as well!).
- This book can help you address the current outbreak with children.