5 Tips To Survive Social Distancing.
It’s approximately day 14 of our family observing social distancing. I am pleasantly surprised at how well all of us are doing. Out of the four of us, two are definitive extroverts and the other two are ambiverts. (Yes, an ambivert is a thing...that’s what I am). My husband thrives in large groups and is prone to cabin fever more than the rest of us. He is doing better than expected in our new rhythm of social distancing. Here are a few things we have started in order to help him and the rest of us survive social distancing over the next few weeks or months.
Set a flexible routine.
Even though we are confined to our homes and find ourselves with extra time on our hands it is important to adopt a routine. I don’t know about you but I’m not very productive without some sort of structure. Keep the structure flexible so that you can take advantage of beautiful outside weather for a picnic or cozy up to watch a thunderstorm. We created a weekly chart of the activities that we want to accomplish each day. You can see it below.
Get outside as much as possible.
It is really unbelievable how much a day outside can brighten your spirits and help you to feel less confined. Whether you just sit in your backyard or go for a walk with the dog, take some time to be outside each day if the weather permits. Even if you live in a rainy or cold place put on some waterproof warm clothes and get out in it.
Host virtual social gatherings.
If you are like our family you are used to having a full social calendar. This social distancing thing is taking a toll. So we are hosting virtual dinners with friends. We plan a time to meet via zoom or Google hangouts. We all cook something delicious and sit at the table together and have a conversation. Even though it isn’t the same it helps to temporarily fill the need for interaction with people. Here are a few other types of social gatherings you can try virtually:
I realize that “virtual” is not the same as the “real” thing but hosting these types of connected experiences can help you survive the next few weeks or months.
I have seen this posted on every coping blog I have read since the COVID-19 pandemic began. You might be saying, yes but I didn’t exercise much before this whole thing began. That might be true but there is no better time to start an exercise program than now. You don’t need much to get started other than a little bit of floor space and a phone or screen that connects to the internet. Try out some of the free online options that companies like Nike Training Club, Planet Fitness and Core Power Yoga are offering during this crisis. Exercise is a gift to yourself. It is one of the best stress reducers and immune system boosters available.
Have a "go-to" list of boredom busters.
I have a bucket list a mile long. Because of my ambivert personality, I have a pretty good mix of introvert and extroverted ideas. Here is a small portion of my personal boredom busting list.
None of us know when COVID-19 will be fully eradicated or even contained. This means that we all need to adopt healthy ways to cope with the new reality of social distancing. If your family is like mine and a mix of extroverts and ambiverts I hope these tips will help you. However, if you have a family of introverts please leave your tips in the comments below...I’m gonna need more ideas! Stay well, and I hope we can connect face to face with our loved ones soon.