If you are feeling like the information about COVID-19 is coming fast, changing quickly and overall…overwhelming. Join the club, we all do. Yes, even health care workers. My brother is a paramedic and has been working endless hours at the Toronto Paramedic Command Centre. He has passed on this great resource all about the facts, just the facts with the Canadian facts first. As the information changes, so do we. We have to continually change our behaviours. Let’s talk about CHANGE.
Disclaimer: These are my thoughts and opinions.
Today Fitness Centres Closed
Today, the YMCA closed their doors. Why would the Y close? The attendance in small areas is too high -washrooms, waiting rooms; the cleaning is not enough – everyone has to wipe and wash not just the paid help; and their business model cannot support operations as they are a non-essential service even though they are one of my favourite community organizations who provide much more than a gym to work out in. They are refunding members their fees for the close-down period. I look forward to welcoming them back when we are all back !
Things Will Be Hard for Businesses
Business is going to suffer. Yes, it is and that is why governments are attempting to put together relief packages for owners and employers quickly. If a business is open and you need to shop, take caution and use the sanitizer, distance yourself from others, make it a short shop but also, please use that phrase, “non-essential” in your decision making.
It’s Okay to Feel Anxious
We are all susceptible to anxiety in this situation. Whether it is anxiety about our health or our families health or whether it is anxiety about what we do or don’t do and what others do or don’t do…let’s practice some calming techniques. Don’t ruminate and re-live every situation and thought, move on, today is a new day. We are Canadian, known for our politeness, calm and levelheadedness. Treat every one with the same respect, tone and courtesy that we stand for. On our street, we have a neighbourhood What’s app page and one of my great neighbours posted an offer to help run errands for those who are elderly or caring for young children or not well. That’s Canadian. Our own door to door service. He made us all come down a notch on the anxiety wheel.
The Silver Lining
Folks, the sun is shining here in Toronto, time for morning walk, I am looking for hope and a silver lining. Here’s my silver lining thought. I will be working at home when not in clinic and therefore; saving 15 hours a week of commuting, $120 a week on lunches and snacks, less laundry ’cause I’m having some pyjama days and I will finally be home for dinner on time most days of the week !
Share your silver-lining thoughts!