The last few months have been very overwhelming. Watching the world come to a standstill is truly a unique experience for us all. I never thought we would see a worldwide pandemic in my lifetime, but here we are…
Every country has been dealing with the situation differently. Canada closed the borders and implemented social distancing and isolation rules early on to help reduce the spread of the virus. When borders started to close and countries were advising everyone to return home, a lot of my friends in Canada jumped on planes within a few days. It was an emotional time because I was losing some of my support system. My decision to stay in Canada wasn’t an easy one, especially with my family pestering me to return home. In the end, they understood why I wanted to stay here.
Choosing to stay in Canada was/is the right decision for me, although, I was concerned about living expenses due to both my workplaces closing. Luckily, both Starbucks and Lululemon put measures in place to ensure their employees were taken care of. I feel grateful to work for two companies who are continuing to support me financially, as well as providing resources to help with mental health and ensuring you stay well. Not all companies are providing this, so I feel very fortunate.
I was worried my mental health would be seriously affected from being in isolation, not being able to see friends and have freedom can be challenging. I’ve had some bad days but I’m holding up quite well given the circumstances. I’ve tried to do little things to reduce the risk of my anxiety becoming a problem, such as speaking up when I need to talk to someone, keeping to a healthy diet and so much more. Read more about how I’m keep my mental health in check here.
Now is the perfect time to take a well-deserved break from our busy non-stop lives, to take a moment to breathe and enjoy being still. If you’re not the type to completely stop, use your time wisely. Learn a new skill, read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, listen to podcasts, stay connected with family and friends, the possibilities are endless.
I, personally, have decided to use this time productively, to focus on my Permanent Residency Application, getting everything in order before I have to submit the final application. I’m not going to lie, it’s proving to be difficult since some companies are closed, but I’m doing what I can. Fingers crossed everything goes well.
I’ve been trying to maintain my weekly fitness routine, and with all the extra time there is no excuse! I’ll admit I wasn’t keeping to my routine for about 3 weeks, and in that time I felt rubbish. I decided to make a change and tried to workout regularly, either by doing circuit training or going for a bike ride or run (even though I despise running). I’ve adapted my workout to bodyweight exercises since I don’t have any equipment other than a yoga mat and a band.
I’m also working on content for my blog, writing posts and trying to get photography together, which is proving to be a little awkward but doing what I can. And finally, I’m using the time to educate myself by starting an online course, learning a second language and also catching up on reading. Currently reading a crime drama but looking for something else to keep me entertained, perhaps I’ll try some poetry!
Right now, it’s all about doing what you can to stay sane during these challenging times.