Here in Ontario, we have been asked to stay home to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

In doing so, many of us are getting bored, stir crazy, and even a little irritable. Here are a few tips to keep occupied and stay positive while we do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

The most important thing to remember is that this is temporary. Try to focus on keeping busy and staying healthy. Start by getting up and getting dressed each morning - a little effort that goes a long way! Try to keep a daily routine: eat three meals a day, get some fresh air, and go to sleep at a reasonable time. Keep yourself from getting bored by choosing to do something different every day. 

Just because you're stuck in your apartment, doesn't mean you can't see the world. Google Arts and Culture offers many ways to tour famous buildings, museums, galleries, and landmarks. Tour a different place each day and discover new and fun facts about places you've always wanted to go.

You can also watch webcams from aquariums and zoos. The webcams at the Vancouver Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or the Seattle Aquarium are fun and educational ways to pass the time. also has tons of live webcams of animal sanctuaries, oceans, and more.

Fitting exercise into your day is important because it will help you sleep better, keep your immune system active, and boost your mood. Remember to avoid heavy jumping and loud music while working out in your apartment.

Organization is a productive way to stay occupied. You can reorganize your bookshelves, do a pantry purge and organization, or tackle your bedroom closet and pack away all your winter gear. Now is the perfect time to start household jobs you've been putting off.

Let's not forget that we are all in this together. If you're feeling isolated, chances are your neighbours and extended family feel the same. Reach out daily to your loved ones via video chat, phone, or social media. Communication is essential during these extraordinary circumstances; it will help lift your mood, reduce stress, and deter feelings of isolation.