Feel Good Friday
By the end of the week, our work and family obligations can leave us feeling both physically and emotionally exhausted. Now that it’s the weekend, you can take time to focus on being kind to yourself, your family, and other people in your life. Here are six simple ideas to get out of work mode and into weekend mode.
Embrace the outdoors
It’s time to get outside! Go for a nice walk in the fresh air — Calgary has so many wonderful greenspaces, make the most of them! Maybe a bike ride is more your style — grab your helmet and tour Calgary’s incredible network of bike paths. Or even head out of town for a hike in our beautiful Alberta backyard.
Family movie night
Get into your comfies, make some popcorn and settle in for an uplifting movie that everyone can enjoy.
Games, games, games
Dig in for a little friendly competition with your family’s favourite board game. Every week is another opportunity to dethrone the reigning champion!
You don’t have to lug it to the mountains to enjoy the great outdoors. Set up a tent in the backyard, grab your sleeping bags and settle in for a night of story- telling and stargazing.
Learn something new
Is there a recipe you’ve been waiting to try? Maybe the time is right to try a new sport, or learn a language. (Did you know you can access a suite of language learning programs online with your Calgary Public Library card?) Whatever it is, there is no time like the present to dive into something new and learn it on your own or as a family.
Reach out to three people
Now more than ever we need to be there for each other. Take the time today to reach out to three people outside your immediate family and remind them of how important they are to you. It can be as simple as a text or phone call. And be mindful of who in your life might be feeling isolated or in need of a pick-me-up. Telling someone we are grateful for them and why is an easy way to not only make others feel good, but yourself too!
Stay connected and ask for help
Remember to keep those lines of communication open with your friends and family. Maintain contact with your supports, even if it’s digital. Ask for help from family members or health care professionals (doctor, nurse, psychologist, social worker) if things become too overwhelming or interfere with daily functioning. You can also contact Access Mental Health or the Distress Centre.
The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation has partnered with RBC, Pembina and experts at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute to bring awareness to the RBC Global Virtual Race for the Kids and our own mental health. These tips are part of an ongoing series we hope will get everyone thinking about self-care as we navigate uncertain times. And if you haven't already, there is still time to register for the RBC Global Virtual Race for the Kids October 17-18! Registration is free AND you can fundraise in support of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation for vital programs and research at the Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health – opening in late 2021.