Having a Plan May Be the Answer

Posted On Tuesday March 24, 2020

March Break was supposed to be just that, a break. Instead, most of us spent it trying to figure out where we could go, what our responsibilities were and how to get up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus.

In past years, the week following March Break was meant for us to get back in to the swing of things, back to structure.  This year, creating structure may seem more challenging.

For some, structure can seem restrictive, but in light of our newly introduced responsibilities of social distancing and self-isolation, we continue to try and navigate our day-to-day tasks, to the best of our abilities, as they may have been thrown out of whack.

For others, creating structure can assist with organizing one’s life so it makes sense and therefore can reduce stress. This can be true for both adults and children. Before our ‘new normal’ is realized, we  must first figure out what normal looks like.

Structure can include planning your week in advance, so you know what to expect and how you will   accomplish your tasks while incorporating social distancing and being mindful of your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

It’s important to remember to structure self-care into your daily routine.  Taking a walk around the block. Doing push-ups in your living room. Maintaining a healthy diet. Getting enough sleep. Reading a book. Connecting with friends and family in an online group chat and meditation, these are all great ways to take care of yourself. By taking care of yourself, you will be able to take care of those that need you, like your children, parents, friends, pets and/or neighbours.

With the current extension of temporary school closures in the Region of Peel, some parents may want to incorporate some form of supplemental educational structure into their children’s daily routine. The following webpages offer parents and students some helpful educational resources:

Peel District School Board website http://peelschools.org/parents/helpyourchild/Pages/default.aspx

Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board website https://www3.dpcdsb.org/parents/help-your-child-learn/help-your-child-learn

The Ontario Government website https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

In these extraordinary times, trying to maintain a normal routine can be challenging. Do your best, take it a day at a time and ask for help if you need it. We are all in this together.

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