Staying connected and healthy
As we practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, including anxiety, worry and fear. We are more physically disconnected from our usual communities and may be experiencing feelings of isolation. The RRU HR department and Healthy U team are pleased to be providing our community with some ideas to help you through this challenging time.
Social distancing is our new norm but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside and enjoy the natural beauty around us. In Victoria, we are so lucky to have many beautiful beaches and trails to visit. If you want to try out a new hike but aren’t sure where to start, check out AllTrails. AllTrails has a database of maps for hikes in your area. Remember to hike with a buddy (while maintaining social distancing) and to always let someone know where you’re going!
Calm and Headspace, two of the most popular meditation apps on the app store, are offering free resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Calm’s resources can be found on their blog and Headspace’s resources can be found here.
In order to stay connected with your community, why not offer to pick up groceries for an elderly or immunocompromised neighbour? You could also make a batch of soup or some cookies and drop them off to your friends and neighbours. If you’re looking for other ways to help in your community, consider joining the Facebook group Caremongering Victoria, downloading the Nextdoor app or reaching out to your local seniors centres to see if they are in need of volunteers. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation; pick up the phone to hear a friend’s voice, use Facetime, Skype or send a text to check in with others you can’t physically spend time with.
Moving your body is a great way to protect your mental health and as many gyms and recreation centres are closing, some are offering free “live” classes via social media. You can do most of these with no equipment or with items you already have in your home. Check out your favourite gym or studio on social media to see if this is something that they are offering! If you’re not sure where to start, Annex is offering “live” Instagram classes and Westshore Warehouse is offering “live” Facebook classes. If yoga is more your thing, check out One Yoga on Instagram for their “live” classes.
Don’t forget that you can set up a free counselling session through Walmsley, RRU’s employee and family assistance provider. Walmsley’s counsellors are offering counselling services via platforms like Facetime, Skype and Zoom. Walmsley also has a library of resources available to RRU employees through their website. The RRU employee login information is as follows: username: royalroads, password: healthyu.
We hope that you’ll find some of these strategies helpful and will share them with your friends and family. RRU has such an amazing, caring community and we’re glad to be working through this together.
The Healthy U team