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Mar 24, 2020

How to Stay Active While Practicing Social Distancing: Tips for the Mind and Body!



The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown a lot of us for a loop. We’ve suddenly found ourselves working at home indefinitely, perhaps alongside our children who are now also home due to school closings, and unable to get out for our usual social interactions. Working, educating and living at home can trigger frustration and cabin fever, and may also cause feelings of stress and anxiety.

While it’s normal to have feelings of stress, the best thing we can all do is look on the bright side. Working at home while also homeschooling children may not be the ideal situation but it is a chance to spend time together as a family and your lightened schedule  may provide an opportunity to recommit to your physical and mental health.

Here are some tips for keeping active and engaged both physically and mentally during this challenging time:

How to stay physically active:

Social distancing means limiting your contact with others - but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Here are some of our favorite tips for staying up and moving:

Get outside! Social distancing means staying away from others, but it doesn’t mean you can’t go outside- especially if you have a yard you can take advantage of. If you have pets or kids, spend time playing outside to stave off feelings of cabin fever.

Go for a walk. Do you own land or perhaps live in a fairly isolated area? Taking a walk is perfectly OK if you’re able to find a space away from people. Walking is a great moderate exercise that is not only good for your heart but is known to reduce stress.

Work out at home. The gyms may be closed but there is nothing standing between you and a solid workout! Search the internet and your app store for fitness videos. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many fitness communities are offering their memberships for free while we all wait for things to return to normal. Some popular apps that are offering their services (and wide variety of workouts) for free include Peloton, Fitbit Premium and Tone It Up.  If you don’t have access to fitness equipment then you might sign up for the Daily Burn with daily workouts that focus mostly on body-weight only exercises.

Clean up. Not many of us enjoy cleaning but tidying up and disinfecting can be a good way to stay active throughout the day. While cleaning won’t replace your daily walk or workout, it will keep you up and moving and also give you peace of mind as you spend more time at home over the next few weeks. After all, who wouldn’t prefer working and living in a tidy space over a messy one?

How to stay mentally engaged:

Whether you’re working from home, homeschooling your children or both, you may be feeling tired, overwhelmed and longing for the days of social interaction outside of that with the members who live in your household. Here’s how to keep your mind active while practicing social distancing:

Pick up a book. Reading is great for keeping your mind sharp. Is there a novel (or a stack of novels) you’ve been wanting to read but never seem to find the time for? Now’s the perfect chance. If you’re finding yourself short on reading materials, check out digital book options. Many libraries throughout the country are offering free digital book downloads and you can always find digital options on Amazon.

Try something new. Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to try your hand at? Or a recipe that you’ve wanted to attempt but didn't have the time for? There’s no time like the present! If you’re feeling crafty, Brit + Co is offering all of their classes for free through March with the code SELFCARE at checkout.

Rededicate yourself to your hobbies. Maybe you already have plenty of hobbies. In which case, use this time to get back to doing the things you love. Maybe that’s playing an instrument, woodworking, knitting or doing crossword puzzles. Keep your mind busy by refining your skills!

Journal your thoughts. We’re living through an unprecedented period in time. Journal your thoughts and feelings as a coping method to relax and also log your own story. One day this period of time will be written about in the history books and your narrative could very well be appreciated by generations to come. 

Above all else, remain positive. We’re dealing with COVID-19 together, across the world. We will get through this. In the meantime, take a breath, relax and make the most of your time at home.




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