Five Tips for Social Distancing

Social distancing doesn’t have to be torture.

Dr. Karen Sutton with Five Tips for Social Distancing

We are living in an amazing time. On one hand, we are more connected to each other than ever before, and are in constant communication with our favorite people every day via social media. Technology has created social distance of its own, rules by which we are happy to abide in every day circumstances.

On the other hand, we want the freedom see each other in person, even if we rarely take advantage of it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the necessity for us to maintain distance from each other socially. For the safety of ourselves, our families, and all Americans, we are being called upon to stay away from each other, and limit our time out in public.

We haven’t dealt with something like COVID-19 in our lifetimes. We aren’t used to being told to stay inside our homes, or avoid each other. So if you are feeling a little lost during this time, you are not alone. Social distancing isn’t easy, but it is necessary.

So I put together five tips on social distancing, to help you get through this time.

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Set Goals Every Day. In our normal lives, we probably go to a job, where we are told how our day should be spent. During this pandemic, we have to organize and manage ourselves. Setting goals every day is the easiest way to do that. They can be small goals, like going for a walk and getting some air, or goals that encourage contact, such as Face-timing with a loved one. Setting daily and weekly goals and milestones will help us manage our days, until the pandemic is over.

Exercise. Go for walks. Get some fresh air. But stay 6 feet away from people. Exercise is super important for your mental health during this time. The good news is, you can get a perfectly effective workout without anyone else around.

Spring Cleaning. Spring cleaning is one of those things we all put off until we can’t anymore. It doesn’t require anyone else, and it’s a very productive way to spend your time in isolation.

Be Mindful. Anxiety, stress, and depression are side effects of social distancing. Being mindful of your mental state during this time is especially important. Whether you meditate, take long baths, or use apps, it is necessary to practice self-care. My favorite mindfulness app is called CALM. Even taking the initiative to open the app puts me in the right frame of mind to relax.

Virtual Museums. One of the positive things about this pandemic is the arts. Museums everywhere are launching virtual tours, so you and your kids can get a taste of culture while you are in lockdown. Explore the possibilities of the Internet during this time.

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