Riding the Second Wave
How to Get Through the Second Wave
We’ve done it before, when it was totally new to us, and we had no idea what or how or when and everything was up in the air. Uncertainty and fear took the front seat for many of us. But here we are again, the second wave. They said it was coming and we expected it to happen. Only this time, the numbers and rising cases is occurring at an alarming rate and spreading much quicker than it did prior to March of this year.
But we got this, we know how to do this, and we will get through this. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to prepare and get through this next wave with the restrictions in place.
- Work From Home
If your workplace and the type of work you do allows for it, work from home to limit exposure and the spread if you’re not already. If you have routinely worked from home or continued to work form home since the start of the pandemic, you should be well equipped by now. If you're not, figure out what you need to be comfortable to work from home as best as possible and communicate that with your employer.
- Online Learning
With the increase in outbreaks in schools, its not a bad idea to switch (or continue) doing online learning with your children. This will help decrease the spread and contact with others and decrease the risk of your kids contracting and bringing home the virus or any other illness.
- Support Local
This pandemic has been especially difficult for small businesses, restaurants, and other local organizations such as the food bank. Next time you are thinking of ordering in or picking up take out, try to support your local restaurants as much as possible. Get your groceries at your local grocery stores and support your local foodbank by donating when you can. People are being affected by the pandemic across the globe and the foodbanks are being heavily relied upon to feed more and more families. Your support and donations are greatly appreciated and go a long way to helping families who are in need.
- Create a Routine
We can’t stress this one enough! It is so important to have a routine and structure in place when one is lacking, and this is common when transitioning from working in an office to home. Create a routine for yourself by getting up at the same time everyday, getting dressed and ready for work as you normally would and working during normal hours. Give yourself enough time in mornings to start your day with gratitude, meditation, exercise, or another mindfulness activity vs jumping out of bed and straight onto your laptop, phone or to a zoom call. And remember to BREATHE! Take some deep inhales throughout your day!
- Check in on People
Check in on your family, friends, and neighbours to see if they need support or to just let people know you’re there. With anxiety and stress on this rise, its important to be there for each other and support others as much as we can. Whether it means doing grocery or meal drop offs for family and friends or a quick text message or phone call to ask the simple, yet significant question of, “how are you doing”, show your support.
- Get Creative
How many times did you find yourself wishing you had more time to do the creative and fun things you truly find joy in. Whether its sitting down and drawing or sketching, reading a book, playing a video game, or learning an instrument – you can do that during this time! It might seem like we’re stuck, and the terms “lockdown, quarantine, pandemic and restrictions” don’t really help, but there are a ton of opportunities and time to do the things we never had time for. If we stop for a moment and look at the bright side, we can really start to appreciate all the things we do have and make the most of it and the situation we are in. Amidst the crazy times we’re in, what is one thing you are truly grateful for?
- Eat Well and Move
This goes without saying! Eating well, staying hydrated and exercising during stressful times is key, not just during a pandemic but at all times! When you take care of yourself and your body, it will take care of you! Your immunity significantly increases when you are fueling yourself with nutritious foods, hydrating, moving, and limiting intake of alcohol and other substances. A simple 20min walk around the block will do you good, maybe a 30min yoga class in your living room will help create some Zen and peace or an intense HITT class in your basement to destress and get those endorphins up! Whatever you choose, move that bod, and improve your diet!
- Be Kind to Yourself
Finally, your mental health is important. The mind and the body are connected. Many mental ailments cause stress, which lowers the immune system. This means more frequent sickness and inability to cope, which leaves you susceptible for contracting illnesses. Stress and anxiety takes a huge toll on our overall health and the way our internal systems operate and can weaken our ability to fight off infectious diseases. Keep your mental health in check by being self-aware of how you are feeling on a day to day basis, especially during this time when so many people are being affected. Talk to people, reach out for support, ask for help – you deserve it. Be kind to yourself.
What sorts of things have you been doing this year that you find have worked?
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