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There are many strategies that can be used to keep well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow the usual measures for reducing the risk of transmitting respiratory illnesses.
Taking the appropriate safety measures to protect and maintain physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic can help to alleviate the stress and fear that may be associated with this disease.
Engage in daily physical activity.
Find ways to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical activity and exercise does not have to be too complicated. It can simply include taking the dog for a walk, riding a bike, playing active video games, or having a dance party! While engaging in physical activity, always keep a physical distance of 2 meters between yourself and others. If you are required to self-isolate, remember that you cannot leave your home.
Virtual workouts and fitness classes are also widely available online for all fitness levels. For more great tips on selecting an online fitness class or staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the Physical Activity section of this website.
Eat healthy and sufficient foods at regular intervals according to Canada’s Food Guide.
Eating healthy can help to increase feelings of both physical and mental well-being. Canada’s Food Guide has many healthy eating tips, cooking guides, and healthy recipes for individuals and families to follow. Give some of the recipes a try! Cooking healthy recipes at home can be a great opportunity to bring the family together and do a fun learning activity.
For more great tips on developing food skills, preparing meals, and maintaining a healthy diet during the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the Food & Nutrition section of this website.
Practice meditation, relaxation techniques, or yoga.
Free guided meditations, relaxation exercises, and yoga classes can be found on Youtube or through Apple/Android apps. These practices can help to reduce anxiety or stress, instil a sense of calmness in the mind, and help individuals think more clearly. A few examples are provided below:
- For Adults: 5-Minute Guided Meditation to Relax and Recharge & 5 Minute Breathing Space
- For Kids: Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube. They have a variety of yoga and mindfulness videos that parents and children can do together!
Minimize or avoid the use of alcohol and other substances.
Alcohol use isn’t a good coping mechanism to combat stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact alcohol use can weaken the immune system and affect the way in which the body copes with infectious diseases. If you chose to drink, follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking-Guidelines to reduce risk. Make efforts to recognize and avoid possible triggers for alcohol or other substance use that a person could face during the COVID-19 pandemic such as emotional stress.