Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy While Social Distancing

Social distancing should not mean social isolation. It is a good practice of respecting people’s personal space. Sometimes, we get so involved in the conversations we have with another person that we start edging closer to them; they might begin to feel uncomfortable without our knowledge. Practicing social distancing will keep us safer, and it shows that we value other people’s comfort or space.

 1. What is social distancing? 

Social distancing means staying far sufficient from other people to lower the spread of diseases. With the coronavirus pandemic going on, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) declared that all persons should stay at least six feet apart. Everyone is required to wear a face mask with disposable gloves. Social distancing does not rightly mean you cannot communicate or interact with other people because humans are social creatures. Staying apart does not equate to splitting relationships or stopping one from meeting other people. With the advancements in technology, people can use cellphones, personal computers, and tablets to continue to talk and comfort each other in these unfortunate times.

  2. How to stay physically healthy? 

Many people look at the gym as the best place to work out, but that is far from the truth. You can choose to walk, run or bike outside, so long as you keep a safe distance — ideally about six feet — from other people. Also, working out at home can allow people to save time and money. Since most people drive to the gym, they can save gas money by working out in their home. Running outside and playing sports is a great way to save energy at home and stay physically fit through out the social lock down.

Working out at home also taps into people’s creative side. If someone does not have gym weights such as dumbbells, they can fill a backpack with books and use that instead. Weightlifting is not the only way to get fit. With the rise of people staying indoors and away from the gym, calisthenics has become quite popular. Using one’s body weight, they can become physically healthier and incorporate more functional body movements.

  3. How to stay mentally healthy? 

Staying mentally healthy may be the most complicated thing to do for many people. Everyone has different ways to stay mentally tough during hard times. Therefore, experimenting with new ideas can help one keep pushing forward.

A productive way to stay mentally healthy is to read lots of books. Reading can take one’s mind off the pandemic issues and help develop their comprehension skills. By studying, one can make a discovery and brand-new concepts that are unique. Being an excellent reader is a skill to have in general because it helps expand their vocabulary.

Another way to take care of one’s mental health is by meditating. Many people have a short attention span, but meditating can help. By calming the mind and sitting still, you can discipline yourself. It is a gradual process that takes a long time to master that is why you should try to meditate every day in the morning. Another way to stay mentally healthy is to create routines that help increase productivity. When you are feeling successful in your physical and financial health it tends to make you feel better in your mind as well. Creating healthy routines sound challenging but it could be as easy as limiting television time, washing the dishes before going to bed. Being financially independent also positively affects your mental health because money is one of the things that people stress over the most. Create a healthy relationship with money by making smarter choices. Make money woes one less thing to worry about by implementing financially responsible patterns like limiting online shopping to comparing your utilities so you can find the cheapest gas or making your meals at homeThe last thing people should do to stay mentally healthy is to talk to other people. Everyone should continue practicing social distancing but communicate with each other. Talking about one’s problems with someone else can ease their mind. Building healthy relationships is vital to mental stability. Having an interpersonal skill is necessary because they will build bridges of opportunities and keep one’s mind mentally sane.