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Say Goodbye To Lockdown Blues

6 tips to keep your moods in check

So many things happen during lockdown. It’s easy to lose that cheer that time with family and friends can bring, those hard-earned vacations get cancelled and our day to day routines are thrown out of the window. You might find yourself or those around you experiencing some mood changes – here’s 6 different ways that you could tackle that. 

1. Move your body every day

One of the most important commitments you can make to yourself is keeping your body in motion. According to Harvard Medical School, getting in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week and two days of muscle strengthening activities is a sensible goal. This can look like a 21 minute daily walk, or, if you find it is impossible to to find the time to move every single day, a 30 minute burst activity five times per week. A walk or run are great free ways to get some movement in, but if your schedule and finances permit, you can pour in some creativity to your workout, even from home. Research whether your gym or studio offers online classes or simply do a quick cardio circuit search on YouTube. 

2. Chase the daylight

Soaking in vitamin D is essential for your health, both mental and physical. By exposing yourself to sunlight, your body increases its levels of serotonin – a mood-boosting chemical which lowers levels of sadness or depression. Spending time outdoors can also increase levels of melatonin, which lower stress, and help strengthen your immune system. 

3. Invest in a sunlamp or day light bulbs. 

Special light that mimics nature. Invest in ways to bring a bit of daylight into your life if you’re stuck in an under lit home office. While there is nothing that can replace the vitamin D king himself, keeping a sunlamp nearby can positively affect your body’s sleep cycle and provide a mood boost. If you’re feeling gloomy, purchasing a sunlamp can be an easily accessible solution. 

4. Prioritize Sleep

it’s no secret that maintaining a consistent sleep schedule has a plethora of health benefits. When we’re stuck at home, it’s easy to stay up too late or sleep in and get out of sync. Keeping up with restful slumber (yes, event on the weekends) keeps your body’s internal clock in check and can actually help you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Not to mention, getting quality Z’s can dramatically improve your mood. At the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that subjects limiting their sleep schedule to 4.5 hours per night for one week reported feeling stressed, angry, sad and mentally exhausted. When increasing their sleep intake, their mental state received a huge boost. 

5. Keep a regular routine

A consistent routine lets your body when it is time to wind down or prepare for activity. After a long day at work, whether you’re an essential service or you’re at home, set some time aside to treat your body and mind to a relaxing act of kindness. In your routine, especially if you’re at home looking at screens – make sure you make time to distance yourself from your work environment or put the devices away for a set time. 

6. Lose yourself in a new hobby

Research has shown that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods and depression. Being cooped up indoors during lockdowns and stay at home orders is the best time to try something new. It could even lead for heartwarming bonding moments among family members with a new shared interest. 

Some ideas for new hobbies

  • Baking
  • Virtual lessons
  • Knitting
  • Learning a new language
  • Calligraphy
  • Embroidery 
  • Soapmaking
  • Art
  • Hiking
  • Board Games
  • Lego Kits
  • Puzzles

Do you have any tips for surviving another Lockdown? Let us know below!

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Selling Your Home This Fall Doesn’t Have To Be SCARY!

Halloween is just around the corner! However, that doesn’t mean you have to ‘SCARED’ to sell your home this Fall. In fact, now is a great time to list your home for sale. We’ve compiled 4 ‘Tricks’ that will help you enjoy all the ‘Treats’ of a Fall Sale!

THE MARKET IS STILL HOT!
Sale prices are up across our community and properties aren’t staying on the market long. It’s the perfect time to cash in on your investment. What would you do with the extra money?

MOTIVATED BUYERS
We have motivated buyers that want to be in their new home for Winter. These buyers are in decision making mode! Many Buyers have been missing out in competition across our communities recently.

LESS COMPETITION
It’s not always the best decision to list your home during the most popular selling seasons. Right now, there are fewer new properties on the market meaning you’ll have less competition – which can pay off big time!

CURB APPEAL
Take advantage of the season by dressing up your home with warm, fall coloured plants, decorative door wreaths and seasonal items like Pumpkins.

Happy Halloween from everyone at For Sale On Georgian Bay!

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4 Ways To Keep Your Home Healthy This Flu Season

We’ve all noticed the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping – October marks the beginning of the cold and flu season for many of our local communities. Add a pandemic, and seasonal allergies to the mix, and you can see why it’s so important to protect the air inside of your living space. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your home — and yourself — healthy until spring. 

1. Filters matter.

Air filters come in all shapes, sizes, and most importantly, strengths. No matter which rating system your filters follow (MERV, MPR, FPR, HEPA, etc.), a higher number means better performance. While low-strength filters may be cheaper, they’re usually only successful at trapping large air particles like loose hair and dust bunnies. The highest-rated filters can trap everything from mold spores to virus-carrying aerosols. If stronger air filters fit your budget, they could be a worthy investment this year.

2. There’s a reason air purifiers are so popular.

Move over, pressure cookers. The hottest home appliance this year is the air purifier. These handy devices are capable of removing allergens, bacteria, viruses, odors, and even toxins directly from your air. There are numerous manufacturers on the market right now, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that fits your decor and budget. The real challenge at the moment is finding one in stock. And, if you can’t, there are tutorials online that show you how to make your own with a box fan and a furnace filter.

3. Go with the airflow.

One of the easiest ways to freshen up the air in your living space is to keep it circulating by running fans or opening windows. This is especially true when preparing a big home-cooked meal. Fumes from kitchen activities like baking and sauteeing can spread harmful toxins throughout your house. Blow them out by turning on your exhaust fan and opening a nearby window. For additional airflow, place a box fan facing outward in your window to send the particles outdoors.

4. Another reason to love houseplants.

In addition to giving any room in your house a natural feel, house plants have also been shown to boost the indoor microbiome of your living space. And while this may not remove virus particles and most allergens, it can help reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria in your home. On top of that, maintaining houseplants has been shown to improve the mental health of plant owners.

What’s your favourite way to protect your indoor airspace? Let us know below, share your tips, or ask us any other real estate questions that may be on your mind. Stay safe, and breathe easy.

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3 Tips For The Ultimate Virtual Meeting

2020 will go down as the year virtual meetings take center stage. As concerns over COVID-19 continue, we are all reevaluating how to conduct business in a virtual world.

Executed well, virtual meetings can enable us all to collaborate, solve problems, and get work done as a normal. Inefficient meetings, however, become a waste of time and nobody wants that!

If you’re looking to sell your home during this time of social distancing, with the need to discuss many topics with local service providers, then you’re going to become a pro at virtual meetings! Here’s 3 tips we’ve compiled to set you on your way.

  1. Have A Plan
    Just like any regular meeting, you’re going to need to approach the meeting with a plan. Make sure you’re prepared to be on time, have relevant documents on hand, something to take notes and a list of questions to ask your agent.
  2. Test Your Environment
    When it comes to virtual meetings, there can be many hurdles, especially if you’re not used to conducting yourself in this manner. Make sure that you check your device is ready to host a meeting – is it charged or plugged in to a power source? Do you have a stable internet connection? Do you have the right software on your device or need an access code? Finally, remember to test the physical environment for your meeting. You need to have a well lit area, but don’t put direct sunlight behind you. You’ll also want to make sure that there isn’t obtrusive ambient noise.
  3. Meet Face to Face
    Ensure that every member at the virtual meeting can see one another. 55% of communication is body language, while another 38% is tone of voice, according to research. Meeting face-to-face on video is much more personal than meeting with a disembodied voice on the phone, and it helps build more of a rapport with your agent too. It also allows participants to pick up on body language and cues, such as when someone has finished speaking or if they are just taking a pause.
3 Easy Steps to Success

These are 3 easy steps to set you on your way to having a great virtual meeting. We can’t wait to see you…. virtually, soon! Get in touch to arrange your virtual meeting with Eric, Adam or Kelly.

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