Coping with Covid, advice from a young perspective

By Jennifer Chen (age 10)

These few months have been tough for everyone. Doctors and nurses working full time
to support communities, scientists are working hard to find a cure, while everyone’s
staying indoors as much as possible to flatten the curve. We even see acts of kindness
and compassion roaming around communities from strangers. But there are still lots of
people stuck at home with nothing to do. If you are one of those people, then this
article is just for you! Everyone else, you can still enjoy these both indoor and outdoor
activities while flattening the curve and social distancing.

1. Plant something
Gardening is a pretty calming activity. You don’t even have to have a garden! All
you need are some seeds, plant pots, soil, a nice sunny spot for your plant, and
energy. The great thing about this activity is that you can continue it every day,
pandemic or no pandemic.

2. Make a hobby
Hobbies are great for when you’re bored. You’ll know exactly what to do. It can
be anything! Crafting, baking, maybe even doing the dishes (even though I don’t
think anyone would want to do that)!

3. Read a book
It might seem boring, but once you snuggle up with a (interesting enough) book,
you’ll feel amazingly relaxed. You still have to keep your brain running and NOT
turn into a brain-eating zombie!

4. TAKE TIME TO STUDY
Even if schools out and you don’t have to go to work every day, that is not an
excuse to not keep learning. You have to keep on giving fuel to your brain. Or else
when you go back to work and/or school, you won’t know what to do or what
your teacher and/or boss is talking about. That would be a big yikes!

5. Write about something.
You can start a story or an informative text. You can continue it every day. You
can choose whatever topic you want to write about and you can make as many
texts as you want. Best of all, you might be able to publish it in the future! Now
imagine that!

6. Go outside
There is some lovely weather outside so there is no excuse to not want to go
outside. You can just walk around in your backyard or just take a walk in the park.
Don’t forget to social distance though!

7. Stay in touch with friends and family
During this difficult time, we should be there to lend a hand to friends and family.
You can take it a step further and help food donation companies or help at a
senior care center (if you want though).

8. Have some time to hang out with your family
You and your family can have one of the best times in your life during this cruel
time of need. If your family doesn’t have time, then make time. Find a day which
you and your family can have some free time together and arrange it. Just a short
amount of time with your family can create a stronger bond with them.

9. Do chores
This may sound boring and straight foreword but at least it’s better than doing
nothing!

10.Do some arts and crafts
Doing crafts is an amazing activity to do at home and there are even people that
are already doing it! If you don’t have any glue or markers etc., then simply draw
or make your own craft that you have the supplies to make. Doing arts and crafts
can help your imagination and creativity grow.

I hope this list of activities was helpful to you or else I would not know what the
point in making this article if it didn’t help anyone and thank you.

Vanessa Gillard

Programming and community engagement coordinator at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association

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