Staying Positive and Productive During Social Distancing

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Medical professionals are urging people to practice social distancing in order to slow the transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus. Social distancing is when you obtain from large crowds and maintain a If you are able to stay home, take advantage of your time away from the normal hustle and bustle.

You can…

1. Find a Hobby

Maybe you want to learn to sew or crochet, start a garden, etc., but didn’t have the time before? Take advantage of the extra time on your hands by learning something new. You can upkeep social distancing by scheduling the supplies you need for delivery or store pick up. Right now, Hubby and I are filling in Baby Boy’s scrapbook. It has his ultrasound photos, tidbits about his NICU journey, and current photos. We will continue to update with every . Also, I’m learning to sew and crochet, which I’ve put off for years until now. I am in the research phase and will be ordering the supplies soon.

2.. Exercise

Now that you have extra time on your hands, you can start or maintain a consistent exercise routine. If your local gym is closed, you can still exercise independently in your home or go for a walk in nature. Pinterest has free exercise content you can refer to via computer, phone, and ipad/tablet. If you prefer to exercise with a coach, you can workout with one via YouTube at no cost. My favorite YouTube fitness channels are: Fitness Blender, Super Hero Fitness TV, and Pop Sugar Fitness. They have routines for every fitness level and various areas of target.

3. Rest

Take advantage of your time by getting a full night’s sleep. Per the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” So, good sleep is connected to wellness and I try to get as much as possible.

4. Self Care

Take time to unwind and pamper yourself. Make a mud mask, give yourself a mani pedi; whatever it is that relaxes you, do it. Take breaks from checking in with the news to eliminate stress and anxiety triggers because both are unhealthy and suppresses the immune system. Every weekend for the past two years, I designate time to myself. I turn on my aromatherapy machine, read a book, color in an adult coloring book, watch my favorite movies, visit my local nature trail, soak in the tub, etc. I engage what brings me joy and it helps to keep my grounded.

5. Connect with Family and Friends

Social distancing is only physical. We can still call, text, and video chat with our love ones. Because of modern technology, we will never truly be alone and can connect with others via social media, online groups, blogs, and forums. Everyday, I take time to check in with family to see how they are doing and to just talk about whatever. We have one big text thread where we chat it up throughout the day, send motivational quotes and funny videos. Thanks to technology, social distancing is more tolerable.


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