Editorial: the good side of social distancing

Photo credit: Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Photo credit: Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Well folks, as I’m sure a majority of people are just about sick of this social distancing thing, we have to keep in mind that this is for the greater good and hopefully means we can go back to everyday life in a month or so.

Meanwhile, I’m taking the stance that my weekly editorial should bring some positivity into the world during this desperate time.

Books

My first thought when I saw that Ontario schools would be closed for two weeks following March break was that kids might actually read a book! Now, I’m not trying to take credit away from all of the kids who do read books, but I think every year the amount of kids who read voluntarily decreases. I love reading and rarely feel like I have the time to do so. I want to share some of the books I have found to be great reads. 

Grit by Angela Duckworth

This is easily the best book I have read in a long time. I love the content that Duckworth provides. There are so many varying anecdotes that relate to topics such as interest, practice, purpose, hope, parenting and more. For anyone who is a leader in their life, who wants to be someone who is gritty or even if you want to help others grow their grit, you have to read this book. If you need any more convincing, my significant other has no interest in reading whatsoever and laughs when I suggest he use some of his ‘social distancing’ time to crack open a book — but I’ve shared a few paragraphs from Grit with him and he is hooked.

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

This one could be a little dense, but there are great lessons here for people who want to move up in the world and who really want to lead the right way.

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Growth mindset or fixed mindset? Maybe you’ll have to read Mindset to delve deeper into that, but it has given me a great perspective on life. From big picture goals to my day to day roles and interactions with others.

The Game by Ken Dryden

Easily the greatest sports book I have ever read. Dryden made me feel like I was living the life of an NHL player from the 1970s. The descriptions of his life playing for Montreal, the little nuances of the game and the life of a pro athlete, it was all so fascinating.

Cleaning

Another area of personal interest (as someone who is moving out of their university apartment soon) — the social distancing has given me the time I was worried I wouldn’t have to clean my apartment (and I mean a deep clean) as well as some time to start packing things up to move. While it has been a bit nostalgic, it also gives me time each day to run the dishwasher and do laundry.

Workout

Maybe you’re missing your time at the gym. Now is the time to figure out how to stay fit (as much as you can) from home. If you’re like me, you have no equipment and barely any space to do any exercises. However, there are still plenty of ways you can stay somewhat active. For one, walking is good and getting fresh air (while minding others who may also be out) is a great way to get active. 

There are also plenty of things you can do without free weights or machines. Push-ups, sit-ups, planks, body squats, box jumps (use the stairs, if it’s safe), jumping jacks, burpees, wall-sit, Russian twists, lunges, skier jumps, lateral lunges, split squats and the list goes on. If you have social media, plenty of coaches and trainers have been sharing home workouts that can be done with little-to-no equipment. Do some research and find out what works for you.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your social distancing time, there are plenty of things you can do without needing to complain of boredom. Plus, think of all the times where you’ve felt overwhelmed and like you never had the time to do ordinary things. Well, now you’ve got that time.

 

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