Coping with Social Distancing


Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders are vital for the health of our communities right now AND they are difficult adjustments to make. We are all social beings at our core, despite where we fall on the introversion/extroversion scale, and being isolated can lead to dips in our mood. Try to be proactive and identify some things you can start incorporating into your days to boost your mood! Try to select activities that are enjoyable, meaningful, and/or bring you a sense of accomplishment.

(NOTE: These are all applicable whether you are alone or in a home with others!)

  • At-home exercise (lots of free and reduced-rate video platforms available)
  • Download new recipes to cook/bake
  • Attempt a family recipe
  • Rearrange a room or two in your home
  • Read a new book (or re-read an old one!)
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Take a virtual museum tour
  • Write in a journal
  • Write poetry
  • Write a blog post
  • Write a story or begin writing a novel
  • Write a screenplay¬†
  • Write new music
  • Have an at-home dance party
  • Call or video call friends and family members
  • Play an instrument
  • Play video games online with friends
  • Download a language-learning app and begin learning a new language
  • Tap into old hobbies
  • Make greeting cards and send to loved ones or those not able to see others
  • Engage in mindfulness meditations (YouTube or an app like Calm)
  • Create a spa-day at home
  • Learn calligraphy on YouTube
  • Marie Kondo your closet
  • Organize the cupboards in your kitchen
  • Watch films you have been wanting to see but have not had the time
  • Get crafty/creative (knit, crochet, quick craft videos on YouTube, paint, draw, work on animation, make jewelry, create photo books online, coloring pages/books)
  • Create your own board game
  • Go through your closet and create new looks
  • Experiment with hair and make-up styles
  • Try out yoga (lots of great YouTube videos)
  • Take a stab at creating something you put on a Pinterest board 6 months ago
  • Have a Netflix/Hulu/etc. virtual watch party with friends or family
  • Read old comic books you have lying around
  • Read through all of those old greeting cards you have received for birthdays and other holidays
  • Snuggle and play with your pet(s)
  • Learn origami on YouTube
  • Attend therapy and doctor appointments virtually
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Read jokes online
  • Watch a comedy special on Netflix
  • Listen to old CDs or records
  • Create new playlists
  • Listen to virtual shows by one of your favorite artists (lots of live music happening on Facebook and Instagram)
  • Spend time in your yard/outdoor space (have a meal out there, play with your pet, read a book, listen to music, get in some exercise, plant some flowers, plant a garden, work on art, etc.)
  • Light scented candles
  • Make a gift for someone

Written by: Dr. Samantha Myhre

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