Okay, since March 13, 2020, Canada has changed and most of us find ourselves with much more time in our homes. How do we survive mentally, physically, and spiritually in this present state of affairs? I do not claim to be an expert, but here are some things I have found helpful.
1. Now is a great time to read that book you have been meaning to read that will make you better at your job. There may also be a novel or a self-help book that has been sitting on a shelf just waiting for a time like this.
2. Do those job searches you have been meaning to do. Is this the time to choose to work at something for which you are passionate?
3. Take an online course. Is there something that will make you more employable when you come out of isolation? Many schools have switched to online delivery. Perhaps now is the time to get on board.
4. Rest. Most of us do not need this reminder but it is important to say, keep good sleep hygiene. Go to bed at the same time every night and especially get up at the same time every morning.
5. Not only could you read, but you could write. Have you dreamed of having time to write a blog, a book, a song, or poetry? Now might be the time. Writing a blog, book, song, or poetry is not for everyone, but you could take this time to hand-write letters or cards to friends and family.
6. Keep to routines. Not just sleep routines but all routines of the day: take out the garbage, check for mail delivery, walk the dog, and many more things can be part of your daily routine.
7. Eat and drink in moderation. Remember, you are likely not getting your usual amount of exercise.
8. Schedule times to talk with people in your home. Perhaps you might do this while playing a game together.
9. Schedule times to talk with extended family through phone calls and video calls.
10. Although we must maintain good social-distancing, watch for ways to help others. Is there a fragile person in your neighbourhood that could use something left on the porch? Can you put something in the window to encourage those who are out for a walk?
11. If you have the supplies, build something.
12. Stay spiritually healthy. Do the things that keep you connected with God. Listen to sermons online, read your Bible and good books, pray with others online.
There are a few ideas. I am sure we could all add more. Let’s do our best to stay heathy in a complex world.