‘We can control our physical wellness, routines and thoughts’
Recognizing the importance of staying physically and mentally healthy amid the COVID-19 crisis, the government of Alberta is challenging residents to stay active and healthy while working at home.
As Albertans adapt to the current situation, they may find themselves feeling uncertain and unsure of how to stay active in this new normal, or feel unmotivated, according to the government. This is the issue that they want to address.
“Easing back on certainty-seeking behaviours such as checking the news constantly allows a bit of calmness and routine back in your day,” said Erica Wiebe, ambassador for sport and active living and Olympic champion. “There are many things we can’t control right now, but we can control our physical wellness, routines and thoughts. Take back control – maybe try something new or make a healthy meal every single day, or reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a long time.”
The government is challenging Albertans to post their home wellness activities during COVID-19 using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB.
According to an article from the Harvard Business Review, employee burnout is a big risk in this time of extended work-from-home arrangements as the lines between personal and professional time blurs, and COVID-19 doesn’t make things easier.
Leela Sharon Aheer, minister of culture, multiculturalism and status of women, believes that this is an important issue, and that Wiebe can be a big help.
“COVID-19 has created a very different sense of what’s normal. We must adapt to the situation for the good of all Albertans,” says Aheer. “Erica’s experiences as an Olympic athlete have given her the tools to overcome adversity and adapt to new and difficult situations. Her approach is accessible and positive in a time when we need that most. I hope all Albertans take up the challenge and join us in being active and healthy at home.”