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6 suggestions for staying sane while practicing social distancing

I don’t know about you, but during times of high stress, I always find comfort in knowing stuff. I’m a committed researcher so I’ll take any opportunity to find out more about a topic!

During this really challenging first week of social isolation, I have found my biggest struggle has been finding things to occupy the kids while I work. I’ve scoured Pinterest and Facebook and done so many crafts, I’ll never get rid of all the glitter in my hair!

Here are a few different suggestions for things to do while we all stay at home.

Vaughan Public Libraries

Vaughan Public Libraries online services are available at vaughanpl.info. Select the Books & Resources tab and a drop-drown menu will open.

BlissOm Yoga Studio & Holistic Living Centre

Join virtual classes on their Facebook page here.

Paint Nite

Paint night is hosting online sessions for adults and kids. Check them out here.


This amazing website is a curated list of things to do while self-isolating. It’s really wonderful! Find it here.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, has launched Learn at Home. This portal provides resources for families to help kids learn while school is out.

Fordham Institute

A post that lists educational YouTube channels; educational videos on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; and podcasts for kids and the best free instructional materials. Take a look here.

Trails and parks

Vaughan trails and parks are open, but we are encouraged to stay away from common areas, such as play equipment and benches. Consider doing things that allow for social distancing like walking, biking and hiking. Find out more from TRCA here.

Health and safety

And to leave you with this reminder, to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc. using regular household cleaners

If you feel unwell, and believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19, you should contact York Region Public Health or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. For additional information and resources on COVID-19, visit York Region's website here.