Mental Wellness during Physical Distancing
While physical distancing is important to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, we understand that spending days or weeks at home with limited stimulation and social contact can take a toll on your mental health.
While being at home or away from group supports may feel like a stressful, isolating time, it can also be an opportunity to do things differently or explore some activities you have been putting off because of being too busy. Below are some ideas for you and your family to build mental wellness and maintain social connection while honouring new guidelines for keeping healthy physical distance.
Do you know of any physcial distancing activities that are going on in the NWT? Send your photos, ideas or links to NTHSSAFeedback@gov.nt.ca and we’ll share them here!
- Go for a walk
- Notice something beautiful outside
- Have a fire/camp lunch
- Pitch a tent
- Go for a ski
- Practice a traditional skill
- Kids learn to doodle: a daily lesson with Mo Willems
- The Arkells on-line group music lesson on Instagram
- Learn or practice an Indigenous language
- Pick up your guitar
- Learn to meditate, with these guided meditations and exercises
- Practice meditation while washing your hands! Click here, and scroll down to “Talks” / “Wash your hands and meditate at the same time”
- Check out these tips on how to start a gratitude journal
- Learn to cook/Cook a new recipe
- Take some time to draw, paint or colour. Click here for a northern colouring page.
- Join a beading circle by Zoom (Tania Larsson Instagram posts notices)
- A board game
- A card game
- An imaginative game
- A musical instrument
- Write or tell stories
- Create a piece of art – photography, painting, quilts, sewing, carving, snow carving, etc. Submit it to the Iceolation art show (submit to firstname.lastname@example.org until April 3, exhibit will open April 6 on Down to Earth Gallery facebook page)
- Face time with loved ones
- Have a book club discussion by phone, Skype or Zoom
- Write a letter
- Create Facebook Live videos
- Set a fitness challenge for friends/family and compare/post your results
- Connect with friends to watch Netflix from separate homes, using the Google Chrome extension “Netflix Party.”
- Think about ways we can reach out to/help others who may need help in our community (groceries, snow shovelling, a phone call)
- With so much advice in the news, remember to get your information from your local health authority and the Department of Health and Social Services. Information provided by these sources will always be accurate and follow best practices.
- Feeling information overload? Take a break, only check in once per day, or seek out inspiring postings
- Create a new social media group related to one of your interests – keep it positive!