Staying happy and healthy

Information and resources on mental resiliency

Health authorities recommend that people keep their regular routines or create new ones during this time of disruption.

Daily routine

Spend a little time every day doing these things to keep yourself busy. Scheduling them at regular times can increase feelings of structure and safety.

  • Keeping regular hours for waking up, meal time, and going to bed
  • Routine hygiene practices like brushing teeth, washing face, taking a shower
  • Chores and cleaning that keeps us busy will also help our mental health
  • Physical activity or exercise and spending time outdoors
  • Hobbies and entertainment
  • Social connections, while practising the required physical distancing
  • Spiritual practices if they are a part of your regular activities

Eating healthy

During stressful times it is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Being advised to physical distance can make this difficult.

  • Do not do your grocery shopping at peak times
  • Physically distance yourself from others while in the store
  • Be mindful about what you touch
  • Do not touch your face and your phone while out
  • Wash your hands when you get home

 Alternatively, you could use an online grocery service. As the demand for these services increases, the capacity to fill orders may slow down; so, plan to order early to prevent delays and avoid backlogs. You could also use Amazon.ca, Walmart.ca, or Costco.ca (needs a membership) to order groceries, household goods, or other items. View our guide on grocery and food assistance for more information.

Trying out new recipes or making old or family favourites is a good activity for all ages. Here are some great places to look for healthy recipes:

There are many more options for finding recipes online. Simply do a Google search for a specific meal, ingredient, chef or something with a video. Here are a few examples of what to search for:

  • "Julia Child recipes"
  • "recipe with beef and peppers"
  • "video dinner recipes"
  • "healthy dinner recipes for families, seniors, singles"

Staying physically active

 Keeping physically active is important for staying resilient during stressful times. 

  • Go for a walk, a bike-ride, or fly a kite! Remember to maintain physical distancing and at all times and to avoid close interaction with those who do not live with you. This could change, so check provincial and municipal websites before venturing out. Do not participate in group sports, and if you touch anything in a public space, do not touch your face until you’ve washed your hands thoroughly.
  • Take out your old collection of workout videos, or find some online. Many have taken to Instagram to provide mini workouts for their followers. From cardio to yoga, there are lots to choose from. See below under "Some great YouTube channels".
  • If you have children, and even if you don’t, it can be fun and relaxing to engage in play. Build an obstacle course, play Simon Says, or a game of “What time is it Mr. Wolf” to get moving.
  • Put on some good music and dance around.
  • Things like gardening and cleaning help us build up a sweat and stay moving. Plus, physically clean spaces contribute to good mental health.

Social connection during physical distancing

It is important to continue to connect socially, even though we are physically distancing. Having a routine can help reduce stress, so it might be worthwhile to schedule social times or regular check-ins with friends and family.

  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • FaceTime or other video chat services
  • Social media

Be mindful with whom you interact on social media sites, especially if they give advice about COVID-19.

Using technology to engage while physical distancing

  • Have play/story times with family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, or distant family with phone or video chats
  • Play peek-a-boo with young children over videochat
  • Play games: board games through video chat, play online games with friends, get an app like “Words with Friends” to play together
  • Watch movies together through a streaming service or video chat. Netflix has a feature called Netflix Party

Remember to reach out for extra support if you need it. Family and friends, and people in your community are good to reach out to. If you need additional support contact:

Finding reliable information

During times of uncertain change, fake news becomes abundant and can spread extremely fast. Because of this, it is important to seek and share only authoritative and accurate information. See our guide to appraising information online.

The World Health Organization and other health authorities such as the FOUNDRY recommend decreasing the amount of time people spend consuming media coverage, as well as coverage that they find upsetting, to stay mentally healthy. Create a schedule for when, how long, and from whom you will get your media coverage or information.

Entertainment

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues it is important to take time to enjoy the things that make you happy. This means keeping up with entertainment such as movies, television shows, YouTube channels, books, as well as doing hobbies and activities you enjoy. This could be an excellent time to try a new hobby or learn something new.

For movies and television

Check out the streaming services available through our website or find another with content that interests you.

Review the Streaming services available on the nvcl.ca website, each will offer different content:

  • The British Pathé - YouTube Channel packed with documentaries, interviews, and full length movies
  • CBC Archive - Find past CBC productions in their archive
  • CBC Documentaries - Watch documentaries produced by the CBC
  • CBC Gem - Watch live TV, and other CBC productions (live TV has commercials)
  • Classic Cinema Online - Watch full length classic movies
  • Con TV - Watch full length movies and TV shows online 
  • Crackle TV - Watch full length movies and TV shows online 
  • IndieFlix - Collection of world wide content in many language featuring Movies, TV shows, shorts, documentaries, and more
  • NFB Indigenous Cinema - Storytelling by Indigenous peoples in the form of movies, documentaries, and animated pieces
  • Knowledge Network - Thought provoking and learning directed content 
  • National Film Board of Canada - Watch one of the many collected Films stored in the NFB online collection 
  • Plex - Find movies, TV shows, music, pod-casts and more
  • PopcornFlix for Kids - Find movies and TV shows for children

Some great YouTube Channels

Educational channels:

Fitness channels:

Cooking channels:

Learning

Children's channels

Books, magazines & newspapers

Ebooks, audio books, magazines and newspapers through nvcl.ca

Hobbies

Hobbies help us stay busy and manage stress and anxiety. Here are some hobbies and activities to try:

  • Knitting, crocheting, needle point, cross stitch, macramé, and other textile crafts
  • Learning an instrument like guitar, piano, drums, or working on your singing voice
  • Learning computer programming or coding
  • Drawing, painting, collaging, digital art, or other fine arts
  • Dancing, yoga, meditation
  • Mechanical, automotive, home, tech or other types of repair
  • Juggling, hacky-sack, tumbling, other types of physical dexterity challenges
  • Games: cards, board, video

Learn something new

Learning something new provides a healthy distraction, and a place to direct your mental energy. Here are some great resources available on the library’s website:

  • Academic Search Elite — Research and learn from this academic, peer reviewed journal and newspaper site
  • Lynda.com — Online webinars, lessons, and courses for learning topics related to computers, technology, and digital skills
  • Mango Languages — Learn a new language with this online platform
  • Solaro — Study tool for students following BC curriculum in grades 3-12
  • Automotive Repair with Auto Repair Source

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