For some of us, the social distancing we’re currently having to go through can trigger lots of negative things. If you’ve been feeling on the depressed side lately amidst all of this chaos, perhaps there are things you could do to prevent things from getting worse.

With people all over the world in quarantine and many afraid to leave their houses for anything other than necessities, serious tolls are being taken on all of us. We have all been asked not to gather in large groups and for some that can make them feel quite bad and not many people actually enjoy self-isolating so being able to cope properly with these things is important. If you’re someone who finds great joy in being able to go out and do things or even just get through a workday, there are some things you can do to help make this social distancing not as hard on you.

Below I am going to go over some tips that might make a big difference in how you feel overall. These might take a little while to really kick in, but they will help. Don’t be so dismissive of them, even through this whole thing there are things that can still be done.

6 Tips For Coping With Social Distancing’s Negative Effects:

1. Take some time to relax and think of it as a moment to recharge.

Think about it in a positive manner, now you have time to relax. While there is a lot of chaos going on in the world you have been needing a break for a long time now. Embrace the side that lets you take a breather for a bit.

2. Don’t obsessively read articles about the current issues.

Make sure the articles you are reading about all of this are coming from a reliable source. Don’t believe everything you see being shared across social media and other things of the sort. For many, it would be a good idea to just set a short period of time per week or each day to read up on the topic so that you’re not just sitting around on the computer waiting for updates.

3. Don’t stop exercising/being physical.

While you might not be able to go out and exercise at the gym during this time you can work out at home or walk locally. Spend some of your time being physical. Don’t just sit on the couch watching television all day.

4. Dive into something you’re passionate about.

Take time to really engage yourself in things you like. Spend time catching up on your hobbies that you otherwise have not had time for. This makes a big difference in how time passes, I can assure you of that.

5. Put video chat to good use.

If you’re feeling lonely get on Skype, FaceTime, or some other video chat means and talk to someone else. Chances are your friends would like to hear from you as well. Pop in and see how they are doing. Video-chat is a great way to remain connected for the time being.

6. Spend some time in nature.

Go out in nature and hike or walk. While this might sound odd it’s a lot of fun and will make you feel more connected than you think. Just because we’re not able to gather doesn’t mean you cannot go for a nice walk somewhere pretty.

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