Your Well-Being is a Priority
Welcome to Hanson’s Wellness Page
If you are experiencing the impact of self-isolation, we want you to know that you are not alone.
Thankfully we have technology at our fingertips to help us maintain social connections while practicing social distancing.
While we all know about the standard forms of communication available: phone, email, social media, and video chat. The Hanson team wanted to offer new and different ideas for how we can interact with others virtually.
Things You Can Do Together
Connecting with others during self-isolation should also include ways to have fun together. We want to be sure you have the resources to enjoy your personal time with your friends and family.
Did anyone already know that Netflix Party existed? We didn’t, but we are glad we do now! After downloading the add-on for your browser you can send an invite to others to stream together. The chat feature allows you to share all your reactions in real time.
Are you ever on Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion or even
SoundcCoud and find that link you just have to share with someone right away? On Watch2Gether you can view that content in real time. With a private group chat and webcam capabilities you are able to recreate those nights where you go down a whole on the internet, together.
What makes Kosmi stand out is that they offer people the ability to play classis NES and SNES games online with friends. You do need to download the game before being able to play but don’t let that stop you from experiencing some serious nostalgia!
Virtual Dinner Party
It’s all the fun of having people over for dinner without any of the last minute clean-up, mass cooking or checking if your guests need a refill!
We know this won’t be the same as the in person meals you shared with others but this is still an excellent way to spend quality time with others.
Start by video chatting while cooking, you could even try making the same thing! Once you are ready, settle in at the table with your laptop or phone and chat over a warm meal.
The basic plan on Zoom is free and a great way to screen share in any business capacity. However we thought it would be fun to use it for karaoke parties!
Once you sign up you send a link to your friends you want to join, the organizer of the “meeting” can take requests and queue up a playlist through Youtube or other online music portals. Be aware that you have a 40 minute time limit per meeting, but its still a great alternate to those nights out on the town.
Things You Can Do By Yourself
Humans are social creatures but it’s normal to want some time to yourself! The confines of your house may have you feeling unsure of how to spend your down time. We are here to offer some new and old ideas to inspire you on how to make the most of your alone time.
Explore your hobbies. Do you have some you may have let fall to the wayside? Is there something you wanted to try? Take a hold of this free time and create!
Reading? See if you have books you could read discuss with others. Or read for your own pleasure! It’s great to get off the screens and take your imagination for a spin.
Writing? There are always old story ideas, incomplete stories, new ideas etc. Take the time to put in some work on your pieces.
Drawing? Set up your ideal atmosphere with music, lights and images then become inspired!
Singing? It doesn’t have to be for other people, you can belt out your favourites just to hear your own voice and channel that inner star.
Playing an Instrument? Rusty? Practice. Experienced? Lean something new. Play for yourself or play for others, music can bring so much joy.
Sewing, Knitting, Quilting, Crafting? If you have those supplies lying around the house or stuffed in a closet, time to pull them out and warm up those hands! There are patterns, lessons and special projects to guide and inspire you.
Truly the list could go on. We highly recommend participating in hobbies that allow you to safely practice social distancing and self-isolation.
Podcasts, you know about them. You may have already been recommended a few to listen to by friends or family. The Hanson team wanted to high light a few of our favourite categories for how to add a bit more variety into your activities.
Stories & True Crime: Everyone enjoys a good story! Sit back, relax and listen in to enjoy some off screen tech time.
Comedy: They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree. Listen in to clips from a number of comedian’s shows and get your giggles on!
Education: It’s never a bad time to continue learning! From history to science and conspiracy theories to freakonomics there is something for everyone.
Kids: For all those why’s your kids seem to ask, stories for quiet time and some bed time channels are available. For anyone taking care of children that are cooped up at home, we high recommend checking this out!
The gyms and studios may be closed but that does not mean we have to stop moving! Social distancing still allows for a nice walk around your neighborhood. Morning, noon ,or night it’s always good to get outside to change the scenery and breathe some fresh air.
You should also try to stretch your whole body every now and then This does not have to be a taxing activity, just take ten minutes out of your day to get everything moving and warmed up.
If you are missing out on your regular Yoga class, check online.There are sites for lists of poses with tips to help you improve them, specific sequences, to perfect your flow, or even videos you can follow at home for beginners and experts.
Sitting at a desk all day can lead to neck, shoulder and back pain. Check out some easy stretches to alleviate that type of pain, or any specific pain you may be experiencing. This is especially important as it is easy to lose mobility and suffer from low blood flow when we get to sedentary.
For those who are looking for something more high impact:
Pilates is amazing for your flexibility and core/back strength. It will help with your balance, posture and patience. By focusing on slow controlled movements, purposeful breathing, opening up the joints, and increasingly more complex sequences; there is nothing you won’t feel working from Pilates!
P90X is known for its intense workout tapes, but in the age of Youtube just type it in (specifying at home) and enjoy the burn. You don’t need to start a full 5 day a week regime with this. Any time spend really moving and challenging your abilities is extremely rewarding both mentally and physically!
You may be wondering why we called this section check in, that’s because this is our little blurb from us to you on maintaining your emotional and mental health.
While it is important to be informed on what is happening, immersion in the news can increase your stress. Dedicate a brief time to update yourself on the news each day then return to your days activities.
Try to not let COVID-19 be the center of your conversations or thoughts every moment of every day.
It is incredibly beneficial for your mental health to have a regular sleep schedule. Getting a proper rest each night allows you to be refreshed for the morning (which can be a tough time for many of us).
When it comes to sleep its quality over quantity. Disconnect from your electronics for at least 30 minutes before bed. Taking your phone to bed can bring numerous stressful thoughts into a place that should be all about relaxing.
Yes we said don’t make all your conversations about COVID-19, however if you are struggling with the current situation (or other issues) reach out to someone you can talk to. This could be a friend, family member, or professional.
Holding your feelings and worries in for too long will only encourage your negative thoughts to grow and multiply. Take a moment to let it out, however often you personally need to, and then allow yourself to move past it.