Monday, April 13, 2020

Social Distancing & Staying Entertained at Home

Social distancing as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

To practice social or physical distancing:

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

Tips for social distancing:

  • Follow guidance from authorities where you live.
  • If you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
    • Use mail-order for medications, if possible. 
    • Consider a grocery delivery service.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store. Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering.
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces, such a friend’s house, parks, restaurants, shops, or any other place. This advice applies to people of any age, including teens and younger adults. Children should not have in-person playdates while school is out.
  • Work from home when possible.
  • If possible, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • If you are a student or parent, talk to your school about options for digital/distance learning.

Staying connected while staying apart!

Even though we can’t connect in person, it is important to maintain contact with friends, families and loved ones. Here are some ways to do so:
  • Phone Calls
  • Video chats
    • Zoom
    • Facetime
  • Social Media

Keeping yourself active and entertained!

Staying at home can grow to be boring, but it doesn’t have to be!

  • Exercise! 
    • Virtual classes
    • Your own home routine
    • Run/walk while maintaining social distancing
  • Read 
    • Books
    • Online magazines
    • Research a topic of your interest and learn more about it 
  • Cook 
    • Try new recipes 
    • Perfect old ones 
  • Organize 
    • Rearrange your furniture
    • Get an early start on spring cleaning 
    • Go through clothing and decide on what to keep, toss, or donate

If you still feel that you are becoming stir crazy at home, try to create a routine to help normalize your day. Set up a time to do any work from home, time to make calls to friends, time to exercise, and time to relax.

Stay safe, active, and healthy!

Blog post by Erin Womboldt.

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