As public health officials encourage us to distance ourselves from others and community events are cancelled, we understand that many of you may be feeling isolated at home. During this time, we encourage you to continue to find ways to connect with your loved ones and community. We recommend you use the following ideas as a social distancing starting point:

When available, Use Technology to Connect with Others:  This may include telephones, cell phones, text messaging, e-mail, instant messaging, social media, or video-calling. Reaching out and showing genuine respect, care and emotion towards your loved ones and community during this time will help you and others feel connected and united. Use these technologies to check in, share information and resources, and spread positive messages around your community. 

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Perform a Good Deed: Giving to others in a time of need not only helps the recipient, it enhances the giver’s well-being, too. Check in with your neighbours, community groups and loved ones to see how you can be of service during this time. Whether it is sharing a resource (i.e. toilet paper, food, sanitizer), assisting with an errand, or checking in with those who are vulnerable, your social distancing efforts will have a ripple effect of positivity in your community. 

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Educate Yourself on a New Subject or Skill: Use additional time at home to learn something new from a book, podcast, movie, website or family member. If you open yourself up to learning, you will find yourself surrounded by an abundance of educational opportunities that will connect you to different time periods, skills, perspectives and peoples. We encourage you to open your mind during this time, try new books and engage in deep conversations. Be inquisitive and always look for new ways to stretch your thinking. 

Practice Deep Breathing: In this moment, is it easy to feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and disconnected. But, we’re all still here – and in this extraordinary time together. A few conscious, gentle breaths can help to slow your mind and give you clarity, connecting to your inner-centre, at least for a moment or two. 

Remember, emotional wellness is just as important as physical well-being. As you take precautions to keep your family physically healthy, don’t forget to take a moment for yourself. As the situation involving COVID-19 continues to evolve, keeping you updated with the latest information as it becomes available is our promise to you. 

If you are interested in getting in touch with a member of our team, feel free to send us an email to – we’d love to hear from you! 

Should you have any immediate questions or concerns about COVID-19, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-833-784-4397. If you believe you have contracted the virus, please contact Health Link by dialling 8-1-1.

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