What's a busy bee to do?
I'll be honest, I deleted everything I had thoughtfully typed out about the affects social distancing is having on me, an anxiety filled individual who takes the form of a busy bee. Why? Because the tone, though true and genuine to how I currently feel, was negative. We don't need that. Therefore, I am instead focusing on sharing tips to help manage *anxiety and depression during this time when we are being asked (in some places, required) to stay home and stay away from people whom we don't live with.
☼ Schedule your day out. Utilize planners, calendars, and lists to keep your daily activities organized. Even if your day is "Wake up, get dressed, breakfast, do chores, watch tv, lunch, paint nails, journal, watch tv, dinner, shower, play with cat/dog, read, go to bed" write it out and check off each task.
☼ Incorporate physical activity into your day. Go for a walk, play keep the ball (or balloon) from hitting the ground with your housemates, and check out Dance Fitness with Jessica and The Fitness Marshall on YouTube.
☼ Avoid excessive amounts of social media and news consumption. Eventually it becomes a rabbit whole of potentially negative information and attitudes that do not elevate your mood or safety.
☼ Exercise your mind! Do something creative everyday. Bake a new dessert, paint, build something you've been wanting for your home like a plant shelf, do a family challenge to see who can create the coolest things using items around the home, or get one of our DIY Craft Kits
☼ Socialize with friends and family virtually. Start a text conversation with a different person each day. Make a Snapchat or Facebook Messenger group with a group of friends or family members. Utilize Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts to host multi person video chats.
These times are unprecedented. No one truly knows when life will begin to resemble what it once was. For now, we must adapt to a "new norm".
My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected in one way or another by Covid-19.
*These recommendations come from personal experience and therefore are just my opinions, not official medical advice.