No one likes it, but it’s a fact everyone has to face: social distancing is now an imperative part of life, not only in the United States, but around the world. This means maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from people when in public, not going to gatherings larger than 10 people, and leaving the house only for necessities. This will help flatten the curve of infection and even save lives.

In this unsure time, it’s important to find some kind of routine to fall into to take the mind away from the media that is now inundated with coronavirus news. As far as entertainment goes, the options are nearly unlimited. With countless streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, there is no shortage of binge-worthy television to watch. Google Earth is also offering virtual tours of over 25 national parks for those that want to experience the great outdoors.

At this point, all gyms have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but there are plenty of ways to stay active while maintaining social distance. Yoga is a great indoor activity and there are loads of helpful free apps for beginners. It’s also still possible to go outside for a walk or jog while keeping a safe social distance.

For those that don’t have reliable access to the internet, there are many offline activities to engage in. With this extra free time, it would be a great time to start a new book or possibly finish an old one that has taken a backseat to other matters. This free time could also be spent working on a new hobby, like writing, knitting, or embroidery. 

This time of isolation can be incredibly hard for people with mental health issues, and it’s important to note that it’s not important to be productive and doing things all the time. Take the time you need for yourself, doing whatever it is to help you get through these uncertain times. Three essential things to remember are: maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and take care of yourself.

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