Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates

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!

Get out on the Land

  • Go for a walk
  • Notice something beautiful outside
  • Have a fire/camp lunch
  • Pitch a tent
  • Go for a ski
  • Practice a traditional skill

Go to a concert, museum, or famous place without leaving your home

Learn a New Skill

Play

  • 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 downtoearthgallerynwt@gmail.com until April 3, exhibit will open April 6 on Down to Earth Gallery facebook page)

Keep in touch, virtually or old school

  • 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)

Monitor your News and Social Media Intake

  • 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!