Things you can do to stay healthy while physical distancing
Practicing physical distancing or self-isolating at home? Here are some things you can do to keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically.
- Watch Netflix with your friends online using Netflix Party, a Google Chrome exclusive extension.
- Keep in touch with your friends using House Party, which allows users to video chat with up to eight people at a time.
- Check out this list of games you can play for free.
- Explore different Spotify playlists and find your new favourite song.
- Try a guided meditation using Insight Timer.
- Try making the NYT Cooking no-knead bread recipe that everyone’s tweeting about.
Do a workout routine
- Check out your favourite Toronto gyms, like FitFactory or Barry’s Bootcamp, to see if they’re offering workouts you can do from home via Instagram Live.
- Do yoga without leaving your space with these free high-quality videos.
- U of T Sport & Rec can show you how to work out from your home using everyday objects.
- Go for a run or bike ride and connect with others using Strava.
- Join a community of living room athletes with the Nike Training Club and be prepared to move, sweat and get stronger.
Catch up on things you don’t usually have time for
- If you have a Toronto Public Library card, you can borrow OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks.
- U of T students have access to both Kanopy and Criterion on Demand’s library of films, documentaries and other content — all free with your UTORid through U of T’s Media Commons.
Access mental health supports
While we’re taking steps to protect our community from coronavirus, it’s also important that we take care of our mental health and well-being. This is a difficult and stressful time as many of us are experiencing disrupting schedules and feelings of uncertainty.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious while physical distancing due to COVID-19 and need someone to talk to, remember to access these mental health supports.
- MySSP – My Student Support Program: Call 1-844-451-9700 or outside of Canada call 001-416-380-6578
- Good2Talk Student Helpline: Call 1-866-925-5454 or text Good2Talk to 686868
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto: Call 416-408-4357 or text 45645
March 24, 2020