We just found out in Nevada that our stay-at-home orders have been extended through mid-May. Once they are lifted though, that doesn’t mean that everything is going to go back to how it was before the conornavirus pandemic hit. Just like the rest of the nation, we will be instructed on how to reintegrate into society through different phases. And that means we will still have to adhere to social distancing guidelines until we can get a handle on the spread of the virus.
If you’re feeling frustrated and are craving social interaction, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. This pandemic has taken its toll on me emotionally. As an extrovert, I look forward to interacting with people every day. It’s amazing how much we take for granted working in an office, surrounded by people. The last two weeks have been particularly difficult. I have had my fair share of meltdowns, and the anxiety that I’ve worked so hard to control seems to be out of my control at the moment.
As humans, we are social creatures. So, at a time when we’re being forced to stay away from other people, how can we fulfill the need for human interaction? There are a lot of things we can do! Here have been my three favorite ways to stay social while social distancing.
I can’t stress this enough. Being outside is so beneficial for our mental health. Studies show that getting outdoors boosts your energy and immune system, helps you refocus, and allows you to soak up some vitamin D. Whether you’re thinking about going on a hike, riding your bike, or taking a walk around your neighborhood, ask a friend to join! It’s amazing what can happen to your mental wellbeing when you spend some time outdoors and quality time with a friend or family member.
Take advantage of technology
This is the 21st Century, and that means technology is at our disposal. We have the ability to not only text and make phone calls, but we can also video chat. From FaceTime to Zoom, there is an array of platforms at your fingertips. And you don’t just have to jump on a call to chat. Many people are playing games and doing other activities to have fun with their loved ones. A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and I had a crafting virtual call where we all painted wine glasses. The next time we all can get together, we’re going to celebrate the end of quarantine by sipping wine out of the glasses we decorated. It was so much fun! Another friend jumped on a video chat with me earlier this week to watch the Jonas Brother’s concert film “Happiness Continues” on Amazon. We both saw the show live last year, but couldn’t go together. While it wasn’t quite the same as being there is person, technology allowed us to enjoy the concert together. We had a blast singing along and reminiscing on when we first saw all the songs performed.
Find a workout accountability buddy
Some days are more difficult than others to find the energy to workout. One thing that is helping me stay motivated and get in some social interaction is having an accountability buddy. Every day, we send accountability texts and pictures to show how far we ran and what other exercises we did. I look forward to texting with my friend, and am excited to lace up my athletic shoes so I can share what activity I did that day!
Quarantine is tough. We were not made to be locked up in our homes all day long. If you’re feeling the stress of stay-at-home orders, take a deep breath, and think of ways you can connect with loved ones. Even if it’s as simple as scheduling a call once a week or a walk after work, I encourage you to make time to socialize. You’ll be amazed at how energized you’ll feel!