Mental health and social distancing
While physical distancing is important to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, we understand that spending days or weeks at home with limited stimulation and social contact can take a toll on your mental health.
While being at home or away from group supports may feel like a stressful, isolating time, it can also be an opportunity to do things differently or explore some activities you have been putting off because of being too busy. Below are some ideas for you and your family to build mental wellness and maintain social connection while honouring new guidelines for keeping healthy physical distance.
Get out on the Land
- Go for a walk
- Notice something beautiful outside
- Have a fire/camp lunch
- Pitch a tent
- Go for a ski
- Practice a traditional skill
Go to a concert, museum, or famous place without leaving your home
Learn a New Skill
- Kids learn to doodle: a daily lesson with Mo Willems
- The Arkells on-line group music lesson on Instagram
- Learn or practice an Indigenous language
- Pick up your guitar
- Learn to meditate, with these guided meditations and exercises
- Practice meditation while washing your hands! Click here, and scroll down to “Talks” / “Wash your hands and meditate at the same time”
- Check out these tips on how to start a gratitude journal
- Learn to cook/Cook a new recipe
- Take some time to draw, paint or colour. Click here for a northern colouring page.
- Join a beading circle by Zoom (Tania Larsson Instagram posts notices)
- A board game
- A card game
- An imaginative game
- A musical instrument
- Write or tell stories
- Create a piece of art – photography, painting, quilts, sewing, carving, etc.
Keep in touch, virtually or old school
- Face time with loved ones
- Have a book club discussion by phone, Skype or Zoom
- Write a letter
- Create Facebook Live videos
- Set a fitness challenge for friends/family and compare/post your results
- Connect with friends to watch Netflix from separate homes, using the Google Chrome extension “Netflix Party.”
- Think about ways we can reach out to/help others who may need help in our community (groceries, snow shovelling, a phone call)
Monitor your News and Social Media Intake
- With so much advice in the news, remember to get your information from trusted resources, like this website. Information provided by these sources will always be accurate and follow best practices.
- Feeling information overload? Take a break, only check in once per day, or seek out inspiring postings
- Give yourself a “Worry Window” – 30 minutes at the beginning and end of each day to catch up on COVID-19 news. You can stay informed without letting it take over your whole day.
- Create a new social media group related to one of your interests – keep it positive!
Create a schedule and keep a routine
- Keep to a daily schedule.
- Go to bed and wake up around the same time.
- Include healthy food and exercise.
- Talking to friends and time outside each day.
We are resilient, strong, and connected. Together, as a Territory, we can take care of each other’s physical and mental health during this scary time.