20 Tips During Social Distancing
Social distancing can help keep you healthy, but it also might drive you a little crazy.
Most people think about what they can’t do in social distancing. This post will be talking about all the things you CAN do (and maybe even learn something) during social isolation.
What have you been meaning to do? What do you never have time for? What would set you up for success once social distancing is over. Now is your chance!
#1. Organize Your Photos…and Send Some to Loved Ones
There is nothing like going through old photos. It’s nostalgic, it’s sweet and it can be inspiring.
- Organize your old photos into albums
- Print some for your home
- Select a few to turn into postcards
- Print and send them to old friends and family members
We all need a positive note right now!
#2. Create Playlists
Another really fun project is creating playlists for different parts of your life!
- Pre-task music: This is music that gets you in the right mindset before the task at hand.
- During-task music: This is music you listen to while you are working to stay on track and enhance performance.
- Post-task music: This is music to help you wind down, recover, and cool down after an intense task.
Create a playlist for each!
#3. Spring Clean
What have you been meaning to clean out? It is spring after all! It cannot hurt to do some big cleanouts and create some space in your life.
Now’s the BEST time to become more productive while practicing social distancing at home!
Start simple! Try tackling one room at a time:
- Your closet
- Your garage
- Your pantry (organize all those dry goods and cook some of them before they expire!)
- Your bedside drawers (if you need a smaller project)
- The attic or basement
- Under the bed (helps with allergies too)
- Organizing your desktop
- Getting rid of old programs and apps you don’t use
- Backing up and deleting old photos you don’t need
- Resetting your computer (just make sure to make a backup!)
Bonus tip: Got some valuable stuff? Try selling it online on sites like eBay or Amazon! As they say, one man’s (or woman’s) trash…
#4. Do Some Science-Based Goal Setting
Want to know the quickest, easiest way to achieve your goals?
Something you can do RIGHT NOW?
Write down your goals!
Just writing down goals increases the chances of you achieving them by 42 percent!
Start by ranking each area from:
1 (extremely dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied).
This gives you a snapshot of your life—the fuller the circle, the better. Then pick a few things you could work on to get your numbers higher.
#5. Grab a Pen and Paper
If you’re socially isolated and not talking to people face-to-face so much… why not engage in dialogue with yourself through journaling?
- What I’m grateful for
- What I accomplished that day
- Any major (and minor) events that stood out to me
- What I want to accomplish the next day
Just because you can’t be with people, doesn’t mean you can’t connect with people.
#6. Spruce Up Your LinkedIn
Now is the time to check-in with your digital network. Reconnect your contacts to your LinkedIn profile and reach out to people you have been meaning to connect with, even amidst your social isolation!
#7. Video Call 3 Old Friends
Who do you need to spend more time talking to?
- Your old roommate?
- Your best friend from camp?
- Your favorite cousin?
Video call them! You can even group call your friends and hang out like you used to… just virtually!
Feel like getting a little creative? Why not schedule an online class to take together, like virtual paint night?
Or, you can even call them on the phone if you don’t feel like getting dressed!
#8. Help a Stranger
Did you know you can volunteer online? You can do it all in the comfort of your pajamas at home!
Here are some great places you can volunteer online:
- Volunteer with United Nations Volunteers to help with sustainable development!
- Help nonprofits with Catchafire by writing letters or editing photos.
- Know another language? Volunteer at Translators without Borders.
- Try out Project Implicit by helping Harvard researchers.
- Have a good voice? You can even record audiobooks for Librivox!
- You can even transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian!
#9. Start a Virtual Mastermind
A mastermind group helps like-minded professionals:
- Get peer support and combat loneliness
- Receive feedback on projects
- Expand social/professional networks
- Brainstorm new ideas (two minds are almost always better than one!)
- Learn new skills
- Create accountability
Social distancing is also a great time to learn some skills! When you learn alone, you can take advantage of:
- Fewer distractions so you can focus more on ONE thing
- Learning on your own schedule
#10. Watch a Documentary on Something You Know NOTHING About
#11. Finish that Book…or Start a New One
There’s absolutely no better time to read a good book! My favorite is to brew a big mug of tea, curl up on the couch, and dive in. There are TONS of ways you can get books for free digitally! Try OverDrive or your local interlibrary loan system.
#12. Take a Free Course
This is the BEST time to be learning online. There are so many free resources out there.
Pick a topic you want to become more versed in and go!
- How to Deal with Difficult People at Work
- How to Be More Likeable in 3 Easy Steps
- Get Praiseworthy Performance at Work
- 3 Steps to Amazing Conversation
- EdX: Has free courses from Harvard—talk about a good way to use at-home rime!
- LinkedIn Learning: if your company has a subscription, you can watch for free.
- Udemy: Search their library of free courses.
#13. Learn How to Be Conversational in a New Language
It’s hard to learn a new language.
Learning a new language is NOT easy, especially when you are socially distancing yourself from others
This means, If you learn just 18 words per day…You will be a beginner in a language after a 14 day quarantine is over!
If you learn 30 words per day… You are well on your way to conversational.
Here are the top 5 free language learning apps.
#14. Use Your Body
Do you sometimes feel like you’re trapped at home with nowhere to go?
You just feel restless, and tired, and your body feels heavy…
The one key to get out of this slump is to exercise!
Try these amazing ways to exercise during your period of social isolation:
- Learn to dance with step-by-step videos
- Try a new at-home bodyweight routine
- Take an online yoga/Tai Chi/meditation class
#15. Try Sketchboarding
What is sketchboarding?
Sketchboarding is a way to visualize a concept through drawings or graphics. Often using a whiteboard or sketchpad, designers will explain complex concepts with simple drawings.
Action Step: Take your favorite concept and try to sketchboard it out!
Give it a try = )
#16. Create a Vision Board
Sometimes being at home and not getting enough contact from the people you love can be depressing.
Create a vision board!
What is a vision board?
A vision board, or a dream board, is a collage made of:
- Words, and
A vision board is a reflection of your dreams, hopes, and desires. It is designed to inspire and motivate you whenever you see it!
How do I make a vision board?
- A poster board or paper
- Scissors and glue
- Photos, pictures, and quotes from magazines/newspapers/books/___.
- Pens, markers, sparkles, anything else you want! Be creative!
But the real secret of creating an amazing vision board is…
Focus on feelings, not on content!
It doesn’t matter what’s on your board, as long as it makes YOU feel great!
- What do you want your ideal life to look like?
- What do you want MORE of in your life?
- What do you want LESS of in your life?
#17. Take a Virtual Tour
Did you know that many museums offer virtual museum tours?
- You can take a virtual walk around the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum
- You can also try perusing through Google Arts & Culture which has a collection of virtual walkthroughs for dozens of international museums, from Paris to New Delhi.
- Into aquariums? Boston’s New England Aquarium has Facebook Live tours!
- Love performances? Check out Philharmonie Berlin’s library of performances!
- Can’t go to Disney World with the kids? You can go on virtual roller coasters, too!
#18. Unleash Your Inner Artist
Why not try some art? At least when you’re in social isolation, you can still express yourself!
Try some of these amazingly creative ideas!
- Paint! Have you ever tried an online virtual painting class?
- Sew! Knit your loved ones a nice little scart or a pair of socks!
- Calligraphy! Ever wanted to transform your handwriting?
- Draw! Instagram user carsonellis is hosting a daily “Quarantine Art Club Assignment” for those stuck at home! Drawabox also has more structured lessons to become amazing!
- Origami! Did you know Origami comes from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper)? Check out Origami.me’s list of origami diagrams!
- Haiku Writing! Why not try your hand at poetry? The Writing Cooperative has an amazing guide on how!
Bonus: Why not open an Etsy store and sell your crafty creations online?
#19. Give Yourself a Creative Makeover
Stuck at home? Try these for a new look:
- New outfit: If you’ve got a ton of old clothes lying around from your spring cleaning, why not make a new outfit? You can create something unique, or even start a new 2020 trend!
- 10-step Korean skincare routine: Cleansers, exfoliators, toners, essences, sheet masks, eye cream.
- New haircut: What better time than during your social distancing? You can even dye it a new color—if you don’t like it, nobody’s looking anyway!
#20. Get Creative with Food
Have you been dying to learn how to cook? Now is your time! Food is one of the best ways to feed your creative soul–get it? Feed? Here are some ideas:
- Have you always wanted to try cake decorating? Take an online course on baking!
- Are you trying to eat vegan? Better find some exceptional vegan recipes!
- Do you want to learn how to make bread? Do it artisan style.
Bonus: A close sister to getting creative with food is to try gardening! Now is the time to start that kitchen garden or tea garden.
If you have made it this far…
You now have the knowledge to survive social distancing.
See this time as an opportunity to reflect…
And appreciate your health, your family and your time.
Use it wisely!