Ways to THRIVE While Social Distancing
We get it. This experience is a little unprecedented. Sure, it would be easy to melt into the couch and become one with your snuggie. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel - so here's some ways to stay sane while we work our way back to some reminisce of "normal".
Set yourself some boundaries!
Yeah, we know that's not proper English, it's okay. Making sure you set some boundaries for yourself is key as the days seem to blur from one to the next with no true routine. Of course, pick some time to give some intentional energy to the people you're quarantining with and share some much needed human interaction. Laugh a little, play a game, make a snack, watch a show you swore you'd never watch or simply sit on your porch/deck/balcony and watch the birds (or something). Balance that with some time to yourself. Take yourself on a drive or just lay on the floor in the sun knowing you have nowhere to rush to. If possible, set your work times and stick to them! Maybe head to the park and work from your car there with a hotspot for a change of scenery. When you're done with work, be sure to clean up and wrap up and then move to a new space!
Document this time!
Maybe you're not super into journaling but any form of documentation is key. Decades down the road, this will be a milestone people will still reference and it'll be special to be able to pull out your photo album or sketchbook or recipe book from this time and share with the youngins! It can be anything that represents you and your experience during this time. It could be anything from a compilation of TikTok dances you learned while on lockdown or a stop-motion film of the growth of your plants with all the attention they're getting right now.
Set aside some time to really reach out to people in your life and let them know they're on your mind. It could be some snail mail (a letter, a drawing, a small care package), a drive-by hi (6 FEET PEOPLE), or a video chat to get a good extraversion recharge! Don't be afraid to have some creativity. What about a themed Zoom Chat with the crew? Everyone dresses up as a decade or picks their favorite make-believe character (Santa in April? Sure!). We're not going to lie, we're here for the FaceTime cup pong tourneys happening.
Turn down the news and turn up the fresh air!
Whatever your preferred news outlet is, it's good to stay informed but we can easily drown ourselves in information with current social climate and this is just a reminder to be conscious of the amount of news you're intaking. Be sure to step outside and get some good ol' fresh air and feel some sunbeams on your face. It really does make a difference. A smile wouldn't hurt either. 😉