How To Keep Busy During Isolation

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How To Keep Busy During Isolation

 

As social creatures, it’s hard for people to stay inside and isolate for long periods of time. Luckily, we live in a world where staying connected and active doesn’t always mean that you have to go outside. Here are a few ideas to keep busy while staying safe inside:

Rediscover a hobby

Whether it’s drawing, knitting, playing an instrument, or baking, most of us can think of one thing that we used to love doing but haven’t had time for during our busy daily lives. This is a great time to take up that old hobby or learn something new that you are interested in.

Read a book

Even though libraries and bookstores are closed right now, and you may not feel like reading any of the books you have at home, there are still options available. Most libraries have ebook collections that can be downloaded for free if you have a membership. Additionally, many digital book companies like Scribd have opened up their collections for free during the lockdown.

Move your body

It can be easy to just sit down and watch TV all day when you are in lockdown, but studies have shown that 30-minutes of movement each day can greatly improve your health and your mood. If you don’t think that you are ready for a full workout, start small and work your way up. There are many short workout videos online, including simple stretching exercises, that can get you moving.

Gain new skills

Maybe there is a subject you have always wanted to know more about, but never had the time to learn? Sites like edX.org offer free classes from real universities and colleges all around the world on subjects from art history to computer science.

Stay connected

Despite the need for physical distance, there are more ways to stay connected with friends and family than ever before. Using FaceTime or free apps like Zoom allow you to still check in with the people you care about, and maybe reconnect with those who you haven’t had a chance to talk to in a while.

The Therapy Centre has skilled Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychotherapists who effectively treat a variety of issues that may arise from the COVID-19 situation including fears, health anxiety, how to manage uncertainty and how to increase ones tolerance for the unknown.

At The Therapy Centre we are now offering Telehealth services including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.

Our offices are located at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville and 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton-just minutes from the QEW and easily accessible from Peel Region, Halton Region, Halton Hills, Stoney Creek and Niagara Region.

 

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