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Things have changed so much in 2020 and managing isolation has been critical. Every aspect of our life has changed in some way. Events are cancelled, many stores and movie theaters are closed, and gatherings are too risky. No one wants to be that super spreader who ignored the advice and caught COVID to spread to their friends and relatives. With physical distancing in full swing, how do you keep yourself from climbing the walls with boredom?

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Take solace in knowing that there’s one commodity you can take control of during Coronavirus-your time and how you spend it. Make the most of these days. Here are some suggestions for productive and enjoyable ways to combat boredom and loneliness while you are managing isolation.

Phone a Friend

Everyone has someone they haven’t heard from in a while-an old friend or family member. Before the pandemic, you were too busy to reach out to them. Give them a call! They are probably as bored as you are and would love to hear from you. Maybe talk about planning a party to have when gatherings seem safe.

Play Music

Music stimulates more parts of the human brain at one time than anything else and the benefits of listening to music are deep. Music can help you in managing isolation by easing anxiety and stress, provide inspiration for self-expression, and support a positive mood. Create a purposeful playlist for yourself that is calm and relaxing, or fun and energetic, depending on what you need right now. It is easier than ever to look up old songs that you can’t quite remember the name of or who sang which hit. Use the internet to help get back in touch with the music of your life.

Keep Moving

Something that all experts agree on is that physical activity is a necessary ingredient of a healthy lifestyle and helps manage isolation. . Don’t become a couch potato victim of COVID-19. Find some simple exercise videos online that you can do from the comfort of your home and continue to walk or run outside; always following the rules of social distancing.

Write Letters

Remember how much fun it used to be to receive a letter or postcard in the mail? There’s something magical about the written word and since ink and paper have been replaced with email, use this opportunity to reignite the great pleasure of handwriting a note to a loved one to let them know you’re thinking of them. Imagine the joy they’ll experience to receive such a thoughtful gift from you during this hard time.

Grow Something

You probably have some old pots or vases around you are not using. Why not grow something? The seed companies are still out there and can mail you seed packets of your choosing. Whether you want to raise your own tomatoes or herbs for cooking, or flowers to brighten you home is up to you. Think of watching (from your isolation) as the first green pops up out of the soil, and then watching the plant develop. Or if you prefer quicker results live plants can also be delivered to your home. Plants inside can help freshen the air and provide something to look at or even talk to when you are bored (no one will know!)

Re-start a Hobby to Help Managing Isolation

Did you used to enjoy knitting? Painting? Home brewing? Reconnect with your old hobbies. It can help to pass the time and re establish a feeling of purpose to your days. Some people have taught themselves how to sew Coronavirus masks and donate them to a local charity. Use your creativity to help reflect the story of how the pandemic affected you.

During the difficult days ahead, silence is not golden. Reach out to your loved ones by phone. Play music and sing along. Laugh out loud if something amuses you. And for a few minutes each day, sit and be grateful that you are still here. Think of the blessings in your life. Know that the sun will continue to shine, and life will eventually return to normal.

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