Many can agree that the pandemic has had an impact on daily life. It’s certainly a tough time, particular for older ones, who have a higher risk of contracting covid-19, and have to severely limit outings and activities outside the home.
And as we move into winter, it is so important to think about the things we can do regularly to improve our mental well-being.
It is possible to be happy and to stay positive, even whilst coping with the challenges of the pandemic.
Here are 3 things you can do now to boost your happiness.
1. Impromptu Virtual tea or meal
Reach out to a friend or family member and suggest you connect with each other virtually and enjoy tea (and a light snack) or meal together.
This could be as little as 15 minutes, but the time you spend engaging in conversation will likely result in smiles and much laughter!
2. Check out a virtual tour!
Many people have been enjoying virtual tours of popular attractions all over the world.
Here in Ottawa, there are many virtual tours happening.
Check out https://heritageottawa.org/virtual-tours for a list of virtual tours of museums, heritage houses and online collections in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the USA, and other international sites.
You can even share this virtual tour link with a friend so they can watch a tour with you.
Afterwards, you can connect over the phone to share highlights and your favourite parts!
3. Practice Gratitude
For a good number of people, thinking negatively may come more naturally. Positivity, on the other hand, may require conscious effort.
A really simple way to train your mind to FOCUS on the positive is to write down what you are grateful for.
It sounds simple and it may even sound cliche, but this act has amazing benefits! We encourage you to give it a try!