Isolation 101: Tips to Manage Social Distancing
Written by: Beth Baranski
Published on: 3/18/2020
With everything going on right now, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While it’s absolutely vital to pay close attention to the CDC recommendations, there are still a few things you can do to manage the stress of being isolated from others and work to be as productive as possible.
Set a schedule
Sitting down and making a set schedule for your days can make you feel a bit more normal. Block out hours in your day for homework, meals, sleep, and activities to help these challenging times feel a little more manageable.
Chat with friends and family
Technology is a wonderful thing! With video chats from FaceTime to Google Hangouts, it’s easy to stay in contact with your friends and family. With everything going on, it’s important to check in with each other.
Now’s a great time to catch up on the newest seasons of your favorite show or break out those trusty board games. If you’re cooped up in your house with your roommates, grab a spot on the couch and a deck of cards. If you’re home alone, video chat with a friend to talk, play a game, or even watch a movie together.
Pick up a new hobby
Never had a chance before to learn that new recipe or start a new art project? Well, grab your paintbrush or crack open that cookbook. There’s plenty of time to start that new hobby you’ve been dreaming of, and you’ll have some fun new skills to show off when social distancing ends.
The best thing to remember is to just keep breathing and take each day as it comes. Keep checking in with your friends and family and stay strong. Don’t forget that GVSU offers plenty of online resources to help you.