The recent developments of Covid-19 have affected everyone in our province, country, and across the globe. We are told to stay home, practice good hygiene and practice physical distancing, but how can Covid-19 affect our health besides the obvious, getting sick? Many people are feeling anxious, lonely and uncertain. What can be done to try to make the most of staying at home? There are plenty of things you can do to make the time go by faster and feel more comfortable!
- Try and establish a routine, for example if you’re working from home, work the hours you normally would if you were still at the office. For online classes, look at each class’s material at the times you had your in-person lectures.
- Try to exercise by doing a home workout and getting creative! Go for a walk around your neighbourhood or in a nearby park, as long as you keep at least six feet between you and others.
- Stay connected with family and friends by video chatting or messaging them. Just because we all have to make sure we are separating our person from each other doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch. Hosting “online dinner parties” over facetime or using services offered by streaming sites such as “Netflix Party” are just a couple ways to keep socially connected to friends and family while being physically distant.
- One thing that the AHS has launched to help Albertans get through this tough and difficult time is ‘Text4Hope’. Text4Hope is a helpline for individuals struggling with the challenge of staying at home. It helps adjust negative thoughts and reminds us to focus on positive thinking. In order to subscribe, text COVID19Hope to 393939. To learn more about Text4Hope click here.
This is a very troubling time for everyone worldwide. Despite this, it is very important to remain calm and take the time to take care of yourself. AHS has countless other resources relating to everything from layoffs to food bank locations and emergency procedures. If you are interested in any kind of additional services to help you get through this challenging time please take a look and click here.
Rest assured that even in this troubling time we here at the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital Foundation are still doing our best to enhance healthcare here in Fort Saskatchewan, while of course practicing all the measures outlined above, and together we will all get through this. This situation has made the importance of medicine and medical research more clear than ever. That is why it is so important for us as a community to rally behind and support medical researchers in our community, such a Dr. Farooq. The foundation is helping support Dr. Farooq’s research on colonoscopy prep, rectal cancer, and hernia repair, more information on which can be found in this video here.