Society must practice social distancing in order to prevent the healthcare system from having an influx of sick people. Social distancing is necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy. Although many people have faced hardships during this past month, there are a lot of people practicing radical acceptance and making the most out of the current environment. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, they are focused on how to find activities that spark joy during this time.
The world is in a state of chaos and sometimes, you know what?
We just need a distraction.
We have put together seven ways you can stay entertained during your period of social isolation.
1. Play games!
Do you live with your family or roommates? Pass the time the old school way by playing some board games, card games, dominoes, or charades. You can even make up your own game or put a twist on a classic. For example, the loser does the dishes. You can also play video games not only with the people in your household but online as well!
2. Netflix Watch Party
Streaming movies and TV shows is always a go-to (who hasn’t seen Tiger King yet?) However, did you know that there is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to watch content with friends online? That way you can stay social while keeping distance.
3. House Party App
Are you an extravert who thrives on social interaction? Or are you just a person who is missing their friends and family? There is a smartphone application called House Party that allows you to virtually socialize with your friends who are online.
4. Spiritual practices such as:
- Mindfulness walks
5. Home Workouts:
Working out is good for your mind, body, and soul. It’s so important to get endorphins pumping through your brain, especially when you’re cooped up inside all day. Endorphins are the chemicals that make you happy. There are plenty of options for home workouts that don’t require fancy equipment. You can find free instructional workout videos on YouTube of all of the following:
- Dancing Around Your Living Room
- High-Intensity Interval Training
6. Read/Create a Virtual Book Club
So many people complain about not having enough time to read. Well, here’s your chance to read all those unread books on your shelf or pick up something new (online of course). Ask a friend or two to read the same book and then discuss it and BOOM! You have a book club. Not only would this motivate you to read more, but there is also that social element that allows you to connect to others at a safe distance.
7. Create things
Being creative during this time can be hard. However, if you do get this spark of inspiration, expressing your creativity can be very therapeutic.
- Youtube videos
- Upcycle old clothes
- Write a story
- Learn how to make a new recipe
No matter what you get up to during your time of social distancing, remember that a pandemic is not a productivity contest. Just because there are people on social media showing off that they’ve read 100 books, started a business, and learned Chinese this week, does not mean you have to do that. This is not an easy situation to cope with. Take care of yourself and check on the ones you love.
Community Outreach & Marketing
BA in Strategic Communication – University of New Mexico
Imani is a writer and social media manager who assists the admin of Sage with community outreach and marketing.
Her own struggles with mental health and experience in therapy give her a unique perspective to empathize with the patients/clients of Sage. Her experiences influence the blogs that she writes and the social media content she produces.
In her free time, Imani enjoys traveling, making YouTube videos, reading, and obnoxiously singing to show tunes.
* All blog content that is written by Imani is approved by a licensed mental health professional.*