Updated: Mar 24, 2020
It goes without question that times of intense social distancing can lead to feelings of isolation, an in extreme cases, trigger feelings of depression. Add on top of that the overwhelming barrage of panicked and uncertain information being thrust on us at every thumb scroll, flip of the page, and turn of the channel, it is only natural to experience feelings of anxiety and fear. Having spent the last two weeks distancing ourselves, it is clear why isolation is a form of torture used for centuries. It sucks. It hurts. It's physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally exhausting.
We've said it time and time again, community is at the very core of our values. We truly believe that community is the channel through which we can change the world. Given the current circumstances, we should acknowledge that our social responsibility to social distance binds us all. #flattenthecurve
Science shows us that practicing collective suppression will not only slow the spread of COVID-19, it will also reduce the strain on our medical systems, essential workers, and ultimately reduce mortality rates. They say nothing brings people together like a common goal. And while there are many environmental and sustainability goals we must not forget about, right now, social distancing is critical.
The question is, are we up for the challenge?
If you answered yes, then we probably don't need to remind you that everything worth fighting for, in this case humanity, requires some sacrifice. Remember, that degree you received, took work. That marathon you ran, took months of training. That thing you wanted to do, took loads of planning. That house you bought, that family you started, that championship you won, that goal you crushed, all required some form of sacrifice.
In fact, did you know that Sir Isaac Newton did some of his most famous studying during social isolation when the Great Plague hit London in the 1600s? You can thank social distancing for calculus my friends!
Right now, we are collectively sacrificing physical connection, to protect one another. As a result, your home may feel quiet. Your mind may stir. Your nights may feel lonely, and your heart may ache for something as small as a hug. But do not forget that you are not alone. We sit in silence together. We stir together, feel together and ache together in these uncertain times. Let this yearning and these aches remind you that you are alive, well, and have something worth fighting for, your community.
Wise minds through out history have said, "this too shall pass." Sort of like that bad hair cut that took some time to grow out and made you avoid pictures for a while, COVID-19, will take some time to fade into our memories. This time will fade much quicker, or at least feel that way, so long as we remain in this together and keep community, connection and collaboration top of mind.
So until it's safe to get out there and hug the crap out of those you love, we've compiled a list of activities for you and your family to tackle these coming weeks:
Read a book/series
Discover a new podcast series
Take your dog for an extra long walk
Let your dog walk you
Settle into a Netflix series or rewatch your favourites (Friends, The Office, Seinfeld, The OC, One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings...you get it!)
Spring clean your home room by room (click here for tips)
Clean your closet (click here for tips)
Go for a bike ride
Go for a walk (avoid strenuous hikes as rescue efforts may be limited)
Go for a car ride (gas is cheap!)
Watch the sunset or get up early and watch the sunrise
On a clear night do some stargazing: there are many cool apps to help make this interactive, we recommend Sky Guide
Schedule in some phone or video chats with your friends and family
Do a home workout: many of our favourite brands and athletes are offering at home workouts for you and the family to try. Keep in mind this may not be the time to start working out as access to medical care can be limited if needed.
Meditate: do a YouTube search, download an app, tune in to live guided meditations on Instagram and Facebook