Just as it is important to stay safe by social distancing, it is also vital to keep your mental and physical health in check by building good habits while at home. Read our healthy social distancing habit tips.
Most Canadians are facing some form of isolation at this time, and boredom, anxiety, sadness, and anger are some of the common feelings being experienced. While social distancing measures are imperative, taking care of yourself is also necessary and should be a priority. Find out how to stay healthy and get through covid related restrictions with our top tips below.
Four Tips for Healthy Social Distancing Habits
#1 The Essentials – Sleep, Food, Move
Oftentimes what is best for us is the simplest solution. Ensuring you are getting adequate sleep, nutrition, and taking time to move your body and exercise will make all the difference. These three healthy habits not only positively impact our physical health but help our mental health, too. With sleep, eating well, and exercise, we can stay mentally and emotionally sound while social distancing.
#2 Stay Social - Virtually
The hardest part about social distancing is not being able to stay social. Even though face-timing a friend or planning a group zoom call isn’t exactly what we call an ideal Friday night, it is a version of socializing that will help fight boredom and other feelings associated with social distancing like anxiety, sadness, and anger. Social distancing is tough, so be sure to plan virtual social events and dates with friends.
#3 Create Structure – Make a Plan
Some of us are experiencing way too much free time that we don’t know what to do with, and some of us are busier than we ever have been before. In either situation, make a plan. Set goals and create a daily structure so that you can get tasks done and so all your days don’t look the same. Allow yourself breaks and rest. Even though you can’t get out to see friends in person, having a social call on lunch while working from home can make all the difference. With the healthy habit of creating structure, you can start feeling more productive and less stressed!
#4 Know Your Limits
We all have our own limits, and it is important to learn what yours are. Social distancing has led many people to the habit of endlessly scrolling electronic devices or watching the news 24/7. Know what your healthy limit of news intake, social media, and screen time is. The more aware you are of how you are feeling while you are doing these activities, the easier this will be.