This is currently the motto for Canadians who are working hard across the country to combat COVID-19 by staying home – including your mortgage brokers! While social distancing of this magnitude has never occurred previously, it is important to understand that we are all in the same boat. To help you get through this period, I have put together some tips for social distancing and staying safe (and proactive!) at home:
Follow Best Practices
Ideally, to make social distancing most effective, individuals are only interacting with their household during this time and until the pandemic is under control. Some other best practices include:
If you have to go out and restock your pantry or get supplies, try to only go out once per week.
Be mindful of other consumers; do not overstock.
If you are out in public, be sure to stay at least 6 ft away from other individuals.
On walks, do not let your dogs say ‘hi’. They will forgive you, we promise.
Maintain Your Routine
When the world feels like it is going crazy, one of the best things you can do to keep your sanity is to maintain your routine. Whether you’re out of work or working from home, making sure that you continue to get up at your normally scheduled time and go through your morning process is a great way to maintain stability. Taking your regularly scheduled breaks, such as lunch hour, while working from home are also important to maintain your schedule (and keep sane). Be sure to continue to maintain social distancing procedures during this time.
Get Up and Move
It can be hard to feel motivated, but it is important to make sure to get up and get moving when you are able. From a home workout to a walk, everything works towards keeping your body and brain healthy; especially during times of extra stress. Carve out 15-60 minutes per day for some light physical activity and you will be amazed at how much better you feel!
Connect With Others
In today’s world, we have a plethora of technology at our disposal. Even if you feel alone, there are ways to reach out to friends and family through Skype, Houseparty, Zoom Meetings, e-mail, text and an old fashioned phone call. While it is vital to maintain physical distance, we as humans require connection so be sure to utilize the toolsaround you and don’t be afraid to share your feelings – your friends are all in the same boat and will understand.
Information is power and the more information you have at your disposal as this situation develops, the better prepared you will be to manage your household and finances. Mortgage Architects dedicated COVID-19 website is a great resource for staying up to date: www.mortgagearchitects.ca/news/covid-19
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