How to Cope with Social Distancing During Coronavirus

Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

According to health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from the new coronavirus (aka COVID-19) is to avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.

If the coronavirus has been confirmed in your community (which is very likely, as every U.S. state has reported cases at the time of writing), you should strongly consider practicing social distancing. This means keeping at least six feet of space between yourself and others.

Social distancing — and self-quarantine —  are two of the most effective tools we have to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But, even if we know it’s for the greater good, handling the isolation can be incredibly difficult and emotionally taxing. Use these tips to help yourself better cope with the alone time, but don’t forget that it’s natural to feel frustrated, worried and a bit anxious.

Make a social distancing plan

Think about how you’ll handle all aspects of daily life during the coronavirus. Make plans for:

      Work

      Childcare

      Household needs, including food, medications and cleaning supplies

Basically, make sure you and your family have all of the essentials you’ll need to stay safe, healthy and comfortable during an extended period of time at home.

Don’t neglect your routines

You need structure to your day, and routines are good for your mental health. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, eat at your normal mealtimes, don’t neglect your exercise routine and make time for friends and family.

 

Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to be socially distant

With so many tools and technologies available to help us stay connected, there’s no reason to let the coronavirus rob you of quality time with friends and loved ones.

Text messages, phone calls, video calls, social media and old fashioned letter writing are all great ways to stay emotionally close when you’re far away. You can even make new connections through online forums, virtual book clubs and video games. It may take some creativity, but your social life can still be rich during social distancing.

Take the opportunity for self care

Without your usual daily work, fitness and social routines, you may find yourself with some extra time for self care. Here are 15 super easy self care activities you can try, and each one can be done from home.

Remember, social distancing isn’t permanent

Sometimes, we just need a reminder that life will return to normal someday. Social distancing won’t be necessary forever, so gently remind yourself of this fact when it feels like this will never end.

Do I need to practice social distancing?

The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly evolving, and it’s likely that everyone in the U.S. will need to spend extended time at home at some point. Even if your local government officials haven’t ordered people to self-quarantine and shelter in place, the situation could change at any time.

Save these tips for the future, in case you need them. Remember that maintaining relationships is a vital part of the human experience, and staying connected is an excellent way to take care of your mental wellbeing during times of crisis.

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