Ten wellness tips to practice while social distancing

March 20, 2020 at 09:00 am

Everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing, which has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing does not mean that no one cannot go outside their home, but rather refers to minimizing close contact with other people, including keeping a distance of two metres away from others at all times. If someone believes they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, they should begin to self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Also, those returning from travelling outside of Canada should self-isolate for 14 days upon return. For more information on social distancing, click here.

The following are ten wellness tips to practice while social-distancing:

1.     Exercise 

Although most public gyms are closed, many fitness instructors online are offering free classes so people can work out at home, including:

  • The Nike Run Club app has free workouts for all levels that are focused mainly on running and powerwalking
  • Modo Yoga Hamilton is offering live online classes every day at 10AM, 2PM, and 6PM via Instagram
  • Power Yoga Canada is currently hosting live yoga sessions throughout the day via Instagram and Facebook

2.      Meditate

  • Insight Timer, Oak, Liberate (designed specifically for people of colour) all offer a variety of free meditation content, including breathing exercises, sleep sounds, and different kinds of meditations

3.      Access the Student Wellness Centre

Although the Centre remains open, appointments will be primarily offered via online and telephone platforms with appointment booking over the phone only

4.      Connect with friends and family electronically

  • Chatting with friends and family via Facetime or other video platforms is a good way to stay connected while remaining physically apart

5.      Get outside

  • Running, walking, or spending time outside is safe as long as social distancing is practiced (keeping two metres away from others at all times)

6.      Utilize the Student Assistance Plan

  • As part of the MSU's support for students, the SAP provides online for mental health support, consultations on finances, life, nutrition, and other wellness topics
  • Visit msumcmaster.ca/sap for more info

7.      Prioritize sleep

  • Current recommendations are 7 – 9 hours a night

8.      Try to eat healthy

  • Extra time at home can be used to try new recipes
  • Delish and Tasty are two examples of websites with free recipes and video tutorials

9.      Use reliable news sources

  • Stay up to date via offical government sources (see links below), as well as McMaster Unviersity for factual information
  • Limit the time spent on social media and watching the news

10.  Wash hands

  • People are encouraged to consistently wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use (a 60%) alcohol-based hand sanitizer

McMaster University continues to post updates on the measures being taken to address COVID-19 as the situation evolves. Updates regarding residence policies, meal and residence fee discounts, and changes to food services on campus can be found at housing.mcmaster.ca/stayhealthy.

  • Click here for City of Hamilton updates regarding COVID-19
  • Click here for COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario
  • Click here for information from the Government of Canada.

If an Ontario resident is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, the local public health unit, or their primary care provider. The Government of Ontario advises against visiting an assessment centre unless referred by a healthcare professional.

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