Home Activities for Everyone

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Mindfulness ResourcesStaying Fit in QuarantineConnecting with Loved OnesOutdoor ActivitiesAppreciate Art From HomeJournaling SeriesWellnessOther

Mindfulness Resources – Part 1

Does all the recent talk surrounding COVID-19, coronavirus, quarantine, and self-isolation have you feeling stressed, anxious or irritable? Now may be the perfect time to start a meditation practice. Mindfulness, which can be defined as present moment awareness, is an age-old practice. However, it has been growing in popularity more and more each year due […]

Mindfulness Resources – Part 2

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment. It is a normal function of the mind that we all experience throughout the course of our lives. Meditation is one way to develop our capacity to be mindful. We can be mindful of physical sensations in the body, thoughts, feelings, emotions, sounds, or anything […]

Mindfulness Resources – Part 3

Meditation Instructions (borrowed from https://samharris.org/how-to-meditate/): Sit comfortably, with your spine erect, either in chair or cross-legged on a cushion. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and feel the points of contact between your body and the chair or floor. Notice the sensations associated with sitting—feelings of pressure, warmth, tingling, vibration, etc. Gradually become […]

Mindfulness Resources – Part 4

Although often used interchangeably, what is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? Mindfulness is the human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive to things that are happening around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it becomes more readily available […]

Mindfulness Resources – Part 5

Take a deeper dive into how a regular Mindfulness & Meditation practice can positively affect your health! Research Organizations & Websites to learn more about Mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your daily life: Centre for Mindfulness Studies Center for Healthy Minds Mindfulness Center at Brown University Mind and Life Institute UMass Memorial Center […]

Mindfulness Resources – Part 6

Interested in the Buddhist philosophy behind Mindfulness & Meditation? Here are some Buddhist Resources & Meditation Teachers for a deeper dive! Insight Meditation Society Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center Dharma Seed Sharon Salzberg Joseph Goldstein Alexis Santos Sayadaw U Tejaniya Sylvie BowdenWritten in Collaboration with Gray Meckling

Staying Fit in Quarantine – Part 1

Quarantine can easily make you feel like a couch potato. The gyms are closed and you might be cramped in a small space for the time being. With that in mind, it’s hard to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise weekly that’s been shown to reduce the risk of all kinds […]

Staying Fit in Quarantine – Part 2

Social Isolation Fitness Inspiration  Quarantining is very important for improving public health, but can understandably make daily exercise more difficult. However, COVID quarantine didn’t stop passionate runner Pan Shancu,  from Hangzhou, China, from getting his steps in.  Despite being quarantined in his small apartment, Shancu set up a track using two large tables and ran […]

Home Equipment Worth a Try

Home Equipment Worth a Try There are a ton of great exercises you can do at home without any equipment. We’ve even made a post about staying fit in quarantine (https://covid19central.ca/for-adults/). If you find yourself feeling in a bit of a rut or losing steam though, you may want to try using equipment to enhance […]

Cycling Indoors

Everyone has heard of treadmills, but not as many people have heard about options to cycle indoors. While it may not be as nice as feeling the wind riding outdoors, there are a lot of unique benefits in addition to maintaining physical distancing. Indoor cycling gives you a more controlled, technologically advanced environment that means […]

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 1

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 1 Connecting with Friends and Family Over the last several weeks, many of us have been kept away from our friends and family. Trying to cope without these connections can be quite difficult and can have negative impacts on our health. Studies have found that social connections and support can […]

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 2

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 2 Connecting with the Elderly Even before COVID-19, we already knew about the negative impacts that loneliness and isolation can have on our quality of life. This experience can be even worse for our elderly population. One study in the United States published in 2012 reported that 43% of […]

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 3

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 3 Connecting with your Household             If you are fortunate enough to be quarantining with others – whether that’s a friend, family member, or roommate – you may have noticed that spending so much time together has changed things, for better or for worse. Some people might be finding it […]

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 4

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 4 Connecting Over Baked Goods Being stuck at home has caused us all to try new things that we could have never imagined. For some of us, this means getting messy in the kitchen and baking! This craze has swept across the internet and has resulted in grocery stores […]

Outdoor Activities (while maintaining social distancing) Part I

Outdoor Activities (while maintaining social distancing) – Part I Quarantining at home for weeks straight can definitely take a toll on your mental and physical health. Going outdoors for a walk, bike, or run to experience nature can be a really good way to keep your spirits up, but is it safe? Currently, infectious disease […]

Outdoor Activities Part II: Preventing Running Injuries for Those New to Running

Outdoor Activities (While maintaining social distancing) – Part IIPreventing Running Injuries for Those New to Running This blog post is aimed at those who are picking up running for the first time, or those getting back into running after a long hiatus. Since there are so few barriers to running, it’s very easy to get […]

Outdoor Activities Part III: Getting bored of running?

Outdoor Activities (While maintaining social distancing) – Part IIIGetting bored of running? It’s a normal reaction to anything, even something that you once loved. What was once an amazing hour or so to yourself outside where you could for once feel the sun now feels like a chore. You don’t have the drive to continue […]

Now that the weather is getting better…

It’s a great idea to get outside for a run or cycle, but the good weather also means there are a lot more people going outdoors. Physical distancing has been going on for more than a month now and everyone is probably feeling a bit confined in their homes, so it’s natural to celebrate a […]

Appreciate Art From Home

Appreciate Art From Home One of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to enjoy beautiful art. Whether paintings, opera or ballet, art offers comfort and meaning to many of us. Luckily, it is possible to visit many of the best cultural centers around the world, all from the comfort of your own home.  […]

Journaling – Part I: Reconnecting with your Inner Self

Journaling – Part IReconnecting with your Inner Self Throughout our history, we have overcome a lot of challenging times. It appears now more than ever we recognize the importance and value of true connections. And yet, how do we make sure we are connected to our inner self? And why does it matter anyways? Perhaps […]

Journaling – Part II: Journaling for Self-Love

Journaling – Part IIJournaling for Self-Love: You are the Love of Your Life I have only one life to experience so I live fully.I have only one heart to love so I choose wisely.I have only one mind to share so I stay open.I have only one body to cherish so I value it.I have […]

Journaling – Part III: Journaling for Self-Confidence

Journaling – Part IIIJournaling for Self-Confidence – I believe I can so I will So, you were laid off and stressing out because money is tight? Or on the verge of breaking up because your partner is getting on your nerves? Rethinking your life choices up to this point and feel like something is missing […]

Journaling – Part IV: Journaling for Anxiety

Journaling – Part IVJournaling for Anxiety: How to Let Go of What Wants to Stay Desperate times call for desperate measures (or so they say). But how do you not be desperate in the time of uncertainty? When not everything seems certain, one thing you must know for sure: you always have yourself to depend […]

Happiness is an Inside Job

No one could have predicted COVID-19 happening. As humans, we are creatures of habit – we do what we do and tend to not question or analyze it. However, right now, it seems as though we may be getting stressed and anxious since no one really knows what’s next. How do we take better care […]

All zoomed out? Here is what you can do

Hey, stranger. How is the quarantine life going? Any new creative hobbies discovered, brilliant ideas for that home business you always wanted or, on the contrary, feeling ‘all zoomed out’? Well, if you are indeed feeling all zoomed out, not to worry, you are not alone. It won’t come as a surprise to you that […]

Online Concerts

Bought tickets to a concert that you’ll never get to go to? Consider checking out an online concert or musical festival instead. Lots of artists have adapted to the current situation and have gone online. There are a ton of different online concerts and a lot of them are free! It might not be the […]