Social Distancing & Staying Positive

Social distancing was only a term introverts had in their regular vocabulary 3 weeks ago. Now, everyone across the US and world has been told to practice social distancing to protect against COVID-19. As an extroverted introvert myself, these last few days have been very nice and refreshing. Yes, extroverted introverts exist. We prefer to be alone, but still appreciate social interactions and settings occasionally. I enjoy my alone time and can entertain myself. Also, I never feel truly alone thanks to phones and the internet.

I do realize everyone is like me and might need some help to get through the next few days and weeks. I’ve put together a few tips and suggestions on how to stay positive while staying inside. Firstly, it’s important to stay informed from medical and government experts. Be sure you’re getting the latest news daily. But also be sure not to overload and take a break. You can stay informed without overwhelming yourself. There is a delicate balance we have to keep.

Quarantine is such a buzzkill word. So let’s say we’re positively social distancing. I am not a medical professional, just sharing what I’m doing and hopefully it helps you. I do have a degree in psychology and can tell you the importance of self-care. While alone you need to take care of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. It’s going to feel like a long social distance period. I have listed out official resources below that can provide more information. And while you’re doing that, here are a few tips to infuse some positivity into your day. 

1. Exercise Once a Day 

Even if you don’t go outside, there are easy exercises you can do in your home. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, just enough to get your endorphins up. Check out these Simple Home Workouts from WebMD. Some you need a few pieces of equipment, others you just need your body and the will to exercise. I will admit that last part has been my struggling, but I’m doing something small each day. I don’t want me being on the couch to affect me negatively later when I go to put on a swimsuit. 

2. Cook a Healthy Meal 

I am often not home and I’ve caught myself snacking more. I’ve also had the urge to eat hearty meals I normally wouldn’t. So when I stocked up this last time, I made sure I got lots of fruits and veggies. My meals will be balanced and I plan to cut down on the couch snacking. What you put into your body affects what you get out from energy to emotion. So put good stuff in to feel good. Check out this list of Healthy Dinners in 40 Minutes or Less

3. Create a Fun Playlist 

I always think music is the best medicine for a broken heart, hard times or sadness. I use music to get me through everything. If you’re not already, follow me on Spotify. @loveleighloveI have several playlists and will be making a new one each week sharing new songs. Check “New 2020” and the “Positively Self Distancing” Playlists. This goes hand and hand with #1. Get off the couch, play some jams and dance around. 

4. Journal Your Feelings 

I purchased a daily gratitude journal from Target a few months ago. It helps pull even the smallest big of optimism and positivity from the day. You can order from any major retailer and have it delivered to your doorstep. Find one that fits your needs. 

5. Stay in Touch with Family & Friends 

You can social distance in person, but doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from the world. Once again, stay informed through social and digital media. Join some new Facebook groups. Chat with friends on social media, your phone and other apps. Texting is great, but do a video conference using Zoom, Facetime or SKYPE. Even an introvert like myself knows it’s important to see other humans and positively interact with them. 

Today, I picked up a few bundles of fresh flowers. While inside, I want it to be as a right and cheery as possible. And I step outside on my balcony when it’s not raining. Fresh air is also good medicine. Other things to consider doing are doodling, reading a booking, organizing, planning ahead, watching a funny movie or TV show, redecorate or pick up a new hobby. Don’t see time as a bad thing, use it an make it productive.

Here are some additional resources and articles to learn more about social distancing. Reminder to check in with a health care professional if you feel like you need additional help and feel yourself becoming overwhelmed or depressed. It takes a strong person to speak up and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to do that. 

I hope everyone stays healthy and safe over the next few weeks. Let me know how you’re doing in the comments below. Any other tips to add to my list?

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