Author: Beth Bogdewiecz, Marketing & Communications Specialist
With every day that passes, more disconcerting news is released about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself safe, social distancing is going to be one of the most important ways to prevent the continued spread of this illness.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing means isolating yourself from others, and literally creating distance from contact with other people. Since the Coronavirus spreads from person to person within a distance of 6 feet, and can live on surfaces for hours, even days, keeping away from others entirely (and shared spaces) is vital. Social distancing is one of a number of ways to start flattening the Coronavirus curve, and slowing down the spread through protective measures.
Staying at home and away from others might be easy for the introverts of the world, however many of us will struggle with the isolation. Our big human brains crave community and connection, and require tasks to stay busy, positive, and productive.
We have come up with some helpful ways for how to occupy your time while practicing social distance. Keeping busy will help you to stay calm, positive, and sane during these uncertain times.
Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus: How to Do Social Distancing Right
Do all the things you’ve been putting off doing.
These are some of our favorite recommendations for what to do when you’re stuck in the house. Since we now have the gift of time, here is a list of things to do while social distancing:
- Do your taxes
- Organize your bills, your files, and back-up your computer
- Organize your digital photos
- Go full Marie Kondo: clean out your closet, and let go of any clothes that aren’t awesome
- Reorganize your kitchen to be more efficient than ever
- Pick up that instrument you’ve been wanting to learn
- Organize your books
- Read a book
- Start streaming a new show
- Go on YouTube and learn the entire dance to “Thriller” and/or “Single Ladies”
- Remove stuff from every surface in your home, and dust everything
- Write letters
- Give the dog or cat a bath, or at least give them a good brushing
- Put on a face mask and take a bubble bath
- Test all your pens and markers and toss any that aren’t working, sharpen all your pencils
- Rearrange your furniture, vacuum under everything, then realize you liked it how it was before and put everything back
- Write in your journal (especially things you’re grateful for)
- Do yoga in your living room
- Stretch every muscle in your body that you can, slowly
- Learn how to bake your own bread
- Start flossing
- Clean out and reorganize your basement or garage
- Wash your shoelaces, and clean / polish your shoes
- Go through all of your emails and respond, delete, or categorize them in files
- Research a new topic that interests you every day (History, economics, sociology, women’s rights, nutrition, etc.)
- Audit your finances and set up a new budget / financial plan
- Get ripped at home
- Start a Pinterest page, and start pinning all the beautiful places you’ll go when all of this ends
- Clean out your car, vacuum all the seats, and clean all the windows
- Write your living will
- Start your own podcast
- Start a puzzle
- Begin learning a new language online, or through an app like DuoLingo
- Challenge your friends to a virtual interpretive dance-off
Start a podcast club.
Connect with your friends and share a couple of podcast episodes to listen to over the next couple of days. Set a time to have a virtual meeting to discuss the episodes over Google Hangouts or Zoom. Don’t enjoy podcasts? Start a virtual book club, and get reading!
It’s a good time to start lowering our stress levels, especially for the sake of our immune systems. Download an app like Headspace, Calm, or Insight Timer to guide your new practice.
Work on making music playlists.
Many of us get into the same routines with music, and listen to the same things over and over again. Start exploring new artists on Spotify or Pandora, and create new playlists to boost your spirits. Remember to share them with your friends!
Support local restaurants and businesses.
Right now a lot of small local businesses, restaurants, and customer service employees are really suffering. Order food from a local restaurant to be delivered or picked up curbside, and tip big. Order online from other small businesses, or buy yourself (or a friend) a gift card for future use.
Donate to your local food bank.
There are a lot of people out there right now, in your community, that need food and can’t get it. Donating money to food banks will help. Here is a list of food banks in Colorado.
Keep up your workouts.
Staying socially isolated doesn’t mean sitting on the couch all day long. Do indoor workouts like yoga, planks, push-ups, jumping jacks, and/or squats. If you do want to get outside just be sure you’re walking, jogging, or biking in areas where you can be away from others.
Keep connecting with people through your app of choice – Snapchat, WhatsApp, Marco Polo, Instagram, etc. Text, video call, email, and message everyone. Think about your parents, grandparents, an old high school friend, a friend that moved away, and anyone else you haven’t talked to recently. Share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Send words of love and encouragement.
Create a new recipe.
Now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen. Make recipes with what you have, and try unusual ways to use (or re-use) leftovers.
Plan for the future.
This pandemic will come to an end – even faster if we continue to practice safe measures like social distancing. Instead of dwelling on everything you can’t do now, start planning for what you will do in the future. Go online and search new destinations that you’ll explore, adventures you can take, or new experiences you want to try.
The Coronavirus is a very serious issue, and at bēkn we’re doing everything that we can to keep our employees and our community safe. For more helpful tips and daily at-home workouts, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.