How You Can Spread Positivity While Social Distancing
We might have to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep spreading positivity! Even though wearing masks and staying six feet apart from each other can feel isolating, now is the time to remind yourself and those around you that staying positive is the best way to move forward.
Self-Care and Mental Health Go Hand in Hand
Staying on top of our mental health is incredibly important—whether we realize it or not, it can have broad effects on almost every area of our lives. If you’re feeling downtrodden, anxious, tired or depressed, you might notice that you’re less productive, less focused and less motivated. There are lots of self-care activities you can indulge in to improve your mental health. Here are some of our favorites:
- Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, even if it means turning in early.
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to help your body stay hydrated.
- Get some sunlight and absorb that vitamin D.
- Add some houseplants and greenery to your home.
- Cultivate a positive mindset by:
- Trying positive affirmations.
- Practicing daily intention.
- Listening to an inspirational podcast.
- Watching an interesting TED Talk.
- Manage stress with your favorite hobbies.
- Read a book.
- Play a game.
- Cook your favorite meal.
- Get active.
- Try a new yoga or stretching routine.
- Go for a run, walk or swim.
- Take a break from social media.
- If you’re working, take some time off.
What are some of your favorite things to do to boost your mood when you’re feeling down? Let us know!
Spread the Positivity Around
So, what can you do to connect to the people around you and share some positivity? The possibilities are endless—it just takes some creative thinking. Check out some of these ideas:
- Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Set up a video chat with your friend group.
- Send a care package to someone you know could use it.
- Help an elderly person within your community with yard work or chores.
- Send a meal to a family or friend who hasn’t had time to cook in a while.
- Pick up some supplies for a neighbor or loved one who is vulnerable.
- Support the health care workers in your life.
- Leave a big tip when you order takeout from your favorite restaurant.
- Patronize a local business that might be struggling to survive.
- Host a virtual happy hour or coffee date with friends or coworkers.
- Send messages and photos to the people you miss.
If you’re feeling isolated or just want to brighten someone’s day, try one of these suggestions. One of the best ways to help ourselves feel better is to help others feel better, after all!
Remember: We’re all in this together, even if we have to stay a little farther apart. Reach out to the people around you to check in on each other, and make sure you’re not letting your mental health fall to the wayside. Isolation can have negative effects on our emotions, but if we stay vigilant and make the effort to stay connected in new and creative ways, we’ll be fine.
Stay safe out there!