Throughout the country, people are being encouraged to self isolate to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel Coronavirus. As more and more states implement stay-at-home orders, we are witnessing the positive effects that social distancing can have. And while social distancing can be a little monotonous, there are ways to keep busy.

What Is Social Distancing?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), social distancing, also referred to as “physical distancing,” means maintaining a space between yourself and people outside of your home. The recommendation is to follow these guidelines:

  • Stay at least 6 feet or 2 meters from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

How To Occupy Your Time While Social Distancing

Get Active

The benefits of staying active are boundless. It’s good for your body obviously, but it can also do wonders for your mind. Take the kids for a bike ride or a walk around the neighborhood if weather permits. Find a free yoga or pilates class to take online. Simply breaking up the day with some moderate physical activity can improve your health and also occupy some time along the way.

Stay Smart

All of this extra time might be the perfect time to hone a new skill or pick up a new hobby. Ever wanted to try and learn sign language? Maybe now’s the time. Read a book to both keep your brain active but also escape to a different place for a bit. Try your skill at a sudoku puzzle or take a few minutes to complete a crossword puzzle each day.

Focus On Wellness

Being stuck inside or without much social interaction can take a toll on your mental health. Add in a 24-hour news cycle and the constant barrage of updates on the Coronavirus pandemic and it’s enough to make anyone a little anxious. Help decrease your anxiety by taking breaks from the news–try reserving news updates to morning and evening.

Dance to your favorite music. Call a friend. Maybe pick up mediation. Whatever you can do to help relax your mind and decrease your anxiety levels. One proven method is coloring. Yes, coloring! Coloring for both kids and adults alike has been shown to have similar anxiety reducing effects as meditation and yoga.

Tackle A Home Project

All this time at home might have you itching to take a crack at a home DIY project. Freshen up a room with a new paint color. Get outside and liven up the garden. Or use this time to make your home a little more energy efficient. Change out traditional incandescent light bulbs or replace your air intake filter. Little projects can make a huge impact in the long run.