To help us spread messages of support from our family to yours, we recently connected with Matt Hyams, CANFAR National Ambassador, and asked him to share his experience living through the pandemic.
How is your mental health right now? What are you doing to manage/cope?
Like everyone has, I am sure, I have gone through anxious moments where I have disinfected my groceries and wondered if that was the right thing to do, but mostly, I have been dealing well with social isolation. For me, it’s been about managing what I can control and I am trying to enjoy my space. I recently read a perspective that inspired me: “Optimists will continually set a date that they are looking forward to and when that date doesn’t come around, that’s when you get disappointed.” I don’t really know how long this situation will last, and I am focused on what I can do during this time to remain positive (hint: lots of crafts and cooking!) and what I can take from this experience going forward.
How are you staying in touch with loved ones/your community?
I have never been one for video calls, even being thousands of kilometers away from my loved ones for many years. So, the overwhelming amount of Zoom calls has been a bit of an adjustment for me. I think we are all creating unique things to do to stay connected. For example, I am planning a digital dinner party with a big group of friends. I will drop off meals and we will all connect on video and talk about it.
What’s the one thing you have missed the most during quarantine?
The things that I thought I would miss would be going out on weekends, and to some degree I do, but mostly, I miss seeing people and having regular face-to-face contact with them. For me, seeing what I really need in life is a good perspective to come out of this.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do once quarantine is lifted?
I want to swim in the Ocean!