In this age of information, we are getting updates about the state of our world from more sources than anyone can count. I just want to remind you that social distancing online is important, too.
I’m always a huge proponent of self-care. That practice may look different right now, but even a few minutes a day will make a big difference.
All of the chaos in the world is causing more than physical health concerns, it’s causing mental health concerns, too. The information overload is putting us all at risk in ways we would never imagine.
Now more than ever it’s going to be important to take a digital detox. Finding ways to disconnect, turn off the tv, put your phone down and breathe. Just small changes can make a big difference in your emotional well-being.
Let’s make the best of this bad situation and protect ourselves as a whole. There are so many ways to recenter yourself and bare our burdens the best we can right now.
relax and practice online social distancing
Putting online social distancing into practice is easier than you think. Set a timer for a designated time that feels comfortable to you. Start with a few minutes and work your way up.
- Watch Children’s Entertainment – remember all of those Disney classics or Saturday morning cartoons you enjoyed as a child? Break those out and laugh. Laughter is the best medicine for your soul.
- Create a Soothing Playlist – whether it be rock, country, opera, jazz or classics find some music to soothe you.
- Read a Trashy Novel – find books that provide you with mindless reading you don’t have to think about. Maybe even try a real book that feels good in your hands.
- Practice Breathing Exercises – Try some new deep breathing exercises to help relieve some stress. Get outside and enjoy in some fresh air. Open the windows and breathe deeply.
- Yoga – your favorite poses can help you block out the chaos and relax.
- Adult Coloring- print out a few free adult coloring pages or pick up your favorite coloring book and let it all out on paper.
- Write a Book – admit it. You’ve always wanted to write a graphic novel or anonymous fiction piece. Grab a notebook and your favorite pen and get started.
- Clean Out a Closet or Junk Drawer – cleaning and purging are soothing. Find things to donate and declutter along the way.
- Chill with a big mug of tea – nows the time to use that favorite mug or fancy teapot you’ve been dusting for years. Find your favorite tea, sip slowly and treat yourself.
- Use that Exercise Equipment – I am sure you have some kind of home gym equipment sitting around somewhere collecting dust. Get it out and learn how to use it. Sweat off the stress.
- Keep a journal – these are trying times. Putting pen to paper and doing a brain dump.
- Go or a hike – there’s nothing better than nature to calm you down and put a new perspective on things.
- Take a bath – pull out your favorite scents and indulge in a long hot bath or shower.
This list is packed with ideas, but the bottom line is to do whatever you want to do! YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS and it’s time like these we have to be proactive and support one another.
Practicing social distancing online is just one more way to protect yourself during the chaotic times we live in. Digital detoxing will go a long way in reducing your stress levels. Protecting your emotional well being is crucial.
If you have more ideas about things to do that don’t involve online interaction, please share and I’ll add it to the post. Thank you!!