How to Social Distance Without Going Crazy

In light of recent events, there’s been more of an emphasis on social distancing and “self-quarantining” yourself. I made an executive decision that starting last weekend, I would be doing this just so there isn’t a chance I could contribute to the pandemic. That said, I will be working from home, finding alternative means of exercise, and going out only when necessary.

On the plus side, I’ll have a lot more time to get stuff on my list done without having to worry about commuting or leaving the house. I also will have some time to do some hobbies that you otherwise wouldn’t have time for. In this post, I’m going to give you some ideas for how to social distance yourself without going crazy.

Take a walk

I’m trying to limit going to my studio for workout classes but still wanted a way to get some exercise in. A friend made me realize that with the weather getting nicer, it’s great walking weather. And, with more working from home, I’m going to make a conscious effort to get out and walk everyday during my lunch hour for both some fresh air and exercise.

Read

Staying home means more time for reading, especially if you are burnt out of walking TV. With a number of libraries closing down, take advantage of the unread books on your shelf or check out an e-book or audiobook from the library. Now is the perfect time to check some books off your reading list.

Practice a hobby

Hobbies are something that are usually neglected in my week, but now that I don’t have to spend time meal prepping, going to workout classes, to work, or to class, I can squeeze some time for hobbies in my schedule. Currently, I’m practicing my handlettering and want to hop back into Duolingo and pick up my Greek lessons.

Cook/bake a new recipe

Like I said, since I don’t have to worry about work, workout classes, and class, I have some time to cook more and meal prep less. I’m super excited to cook in real time and try some new recipes with all of the ingredients I bought during my stock up grocery haul. Take some time and try to cook or bake something new — it might just be something you add into your rotation.

Do household chores

You know those chores you’ve been putting off around your house? You know, the decluttering, organizing, and cleaning you’ve been meaning to do for months? Well, now is a perfect time to tackle some of that. With uninterrupted time at home, you can take some time to tackle those pesky household projects. In fact, I’m going to do a deep clean of my house as well as decluttering my closets during this time.

Self-care

Let’s not forget spending some time practicing self-care. It’s going to be more important now than ever to take care of ourselves to overcome all the chaos that is going on around us. Take a bath, do a face mask, paint your nails. Anything that you can do to just relax a little.

Binge a Netflix show

This goes without saying, but now is a great time to start a new show. I’m in the middle of binging Schitt’s Creek, and I don’t know why I didn’t start it sooner! There are so many good one-season shows to watch now, so I would take advantage and start one that’s been on your list.

There you have it, all of my best tips and tricks to social distance yourself without going crazy.

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