Quick Tips: Things to Do While Social Distancing
Social distancing is the best way to help keep COVID-19 from spreading. Here are some things you can do while you're putting space between yourself and other people.
- Be active outside.
Fresh air and exercise are good for you. But stay informed about what's best for your community. Keep a 6-foot (or 2-meter) space between you and others. Avoid gathering places like parks and playgrounds. And wash your hands well when you get home.
- Try something new.
Use this time to pick up that dusty guitar, paintbrush, or pen. Or take an online course on a subject you're interested in.
- Reach out to family and friends.
Stay in touch with others by phone, Skype, Messenger, FaceTime, or whatever virtual communication tool you use. It may be especially important for families to stay in touch with others who live by themselves, such as friends, grandparents or other relatives. They may be feeling lonely right now.
- Travel the world … virtually.
While at home, you can still visit places around the world online. Search the internet for virtual tours of zoos, national parks, and museums.
- Do things to relax your mind.
Listen to relaxing music. Watch movies. Read books. You can also learn to relax your body and mind through meditation and imagery.
- Take a break from the news.
Although it's important to keep up with the news about COVID-19, it can be a good idea to take some time each day to unplug from devices and the TV. You could use the time to play a board game or do a puzzle.
Keep a journal, or write letters, cards, or emails to friends and family members. Expressing yourself in writing can be a good way to reduce your stress. And when you write to other people, they'll feel good too.
- Feel your feelings.
Laugh. And cry. It's okay to feel whatever you're feeling right now. Everyone feels different things at different times. Take extra care. Forgive yourself and others.
With care and a little time, you'll get through this. Be kind to yourself and those around you.
Current as of: September 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine