Social distancing can be very difficult and lonely. But with this guide to social distance self care, you can take care of yourself without putting yourself and your family at risk. And perhaps, even create new healthy self care routines that can last a lifetime.
Here at lose weight by eating, we’re big believers of taking care of your mind, body, and soul…
Mind- Staying sharp, challenging your brain.
Body- Eating healthy, moving your body more.
Soul- Centering and balancing yourself.
Social Distancing Self Care for your Mind:
I’m all in for a movie marathon, but if you do that every single day this week, you may start to feel your mind turn to mush. Here are some options to throw in between your movie marathons to help keep your mind sharp during social distancing.
Learn a new language
If you’re like me, you’ve said 100 times: “If I only had the time, I would love to learnt speak _______!” Well, now’s your chance! Plus you will be flexing your mind and challenging yourself.
Check out these sites for online learning:
If you have children, you’ve likely been encouraged to have them continue reading during social distancing. Have fun with it, make tea or hot cocoa, light a fire or turn on some soothing music and read together.
Check out these great award winning books you can order to your phone/device now:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr– I could not put this fantastic book down! And the chapters are 2-5 pages long, making it great for busy parents who get interrupted a lot!
- I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting by Karen Alpert– Karen and I became internet pals after I devoured her hilarious books and reached out to her. As a fellow HarperCollins author I can’t NOT promote her book here.
- No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh– I cannot recommend this book enough, I have bought several copies and given them away to friends going through difficult times. If social distancing is depressing you, this book will pull you out of it and see that without hard times, wonderful times can not be enjoyed.
Get some culture
Check out this link to take virtual tours of some of the nations best museums. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and if you love art or have crafty kids, you may just spark some inspiration to make your own art!
Get social, remotely
FaceTime happy hour after the kids go to bed, or phone call coffee hour before they wake up. It’s a great time to reach out to old friends or loved ones as well, and the beauty of using phone, text, or video chat is that you can still have human interaction from the comfort of your own home.
Social Distancing Self Care for your Body:
If going to the gym is out of the question, don’t fret! There are still plenty of other ways to take great care of your body!
Take a hike
Social distancing means you shouldn’t be in large crowds, and you should isolate your small family unit from others. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a hike, or on a walk.
Sure there’ll be other people on the trail. But that doesn’t mean you have to shake their hands, keep a 6 foot distance from others, and wave instead of hug or shake hands when you pass friends on your walk.
Try an online workout
Check out these links for great online workout regimens that you can do in the privacy of your own home:
- Pilates Anytime offers a 15 day free trial, great for a 2 week quarantine.
- Daily Burn has a 30 day free trial, and you can workout with my pal Bob Harper!!
- Fitness Blender has free workouts, you can choose workout length, the equipment you want to use, training type, and even how many calories you want to burn!
Learn how to cook a new meal
Now is a great time to not only teach yourself how to cook something out of your normal wheelhouse. But also meal prep for the future.
Here are a few of my favorite meal prepping recipes, along with modifications to work with what you currently have available in your home now:
- Cranberry Muffins (46 calories)- if you don’t have cranberries, swap them out for any frozen, fresh, or dried berries. Or use chocolate chips… sure it will change the calorie count, but not by too much.
- Homemade Pizza – I love making pizza so much that I have an entire Pizza Chapter in my first cookbook LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING! And it’s much easier to make than you think, plus fun to make with kids.
- Pasta Pretty Please – a few months ago my publisher sent me this beautiful book. It’s full of homemade pasta recipes that are fun to make for kids and adults alike!
Take a family bike ride
Or teach your kids how to ride a bike for the first time. Scooters are also great, just make sure if you are borrowing from friends, or using a public bike or scooter to wipe down with sanitizing wipes or spray.
Try intermittent fasting
Obviously starting a Detox Week, or smoothie regimen will be difficult if you can’t make it to the grocery store on a regular basis. But Intermittent Fasting has shown to boost immunity, it also helps you conserve food, and combat weight gain while eating pasta, rice, and other heavy items out of your pantry.
Check out my Intermittent Fast article, it will show you three different intermittent fasts, and give you tips and tricks to get started right away.
Social Distancing Self Care for your Soul:
Finally to my favorite part, and the most “mental-care” part of this entire article, feeding your soul during a stressful time.
No matter what your religious, or non-religious beliefs, feeding your soul is very important part of keeping a healthy regimen during social distancing, here are some of my favorite ways to feed your soul, and help combat depression and anxiety.
My all-time favorite way to feed your soul, meditate daily! My mother taught me meditating at a very young age, back when naptime was a regular daily occurrence. Here is my favorite meditating app (Breethe), I recommend checking it out, as well as other free apps:
- Breethe – This is my favorite meditation app, I have a subscription however they have loads of free meditations and a great interface to help you choose or start a new meditation regimen.
- Calm – This award winning app is free and fun to use.
- Headspace – another wonderful app to help you with your daily self care.
If you can let your mind go and journal your feelings, it’s almost like seeing your favorite therapist. Sit down in a quiet room, get comfortable, play some soothing music, and jot down your feelings.
I often find that this helps me work out issues, or see issues that I didn’t even notice.
Spring cleaning, organizing
Have you ever noticed that a clean home gives you a clear mind? If you’re stuck at home, why not get some organizing, or spring cleaning done? Though I do love Marie Kondo’s book and show, there’s no way on earth I’m ever going to let her convince me to remove all of the books from my home. However she does have some wonderful tips and tricks for organizing your home.
As the coronavirus started, I headed over to one of my dear friend’s homes to help her organize for the first time in a couple of years. I showed her my personal trick – Start in the easiest room, the least cluttered room, this will give you a sense of accomplishment as you work.
Start at one end of the room and circle all the way around and then head into the next room circling your home from that starting point. Eventually you’ll end up where you started, and then you can give yourself a little splurge. A glass of wine, a favorite movie, or a nap on the couch.
Group calls or messaging
Are you missing your Bible group? Or your meditation group? Set up a group phone call, or a group text, and chat together.
Lead on each other as you would in person, sure it’s not as organic, but this different form of communication may help you talk about something that’s too difficult to talk about in person. Lean on the people you usually lean on, just not physically.
Self-care, self-care, self-care!
Take a bath, or a nap. Give yourself at home manicure and pedicure, watch make up tutorials and change up your regular routine, tinker on your workbench.
Self-care is so important to keep your mind stable, especially during social distancing!
Social Distancing Self Care Conclusion:
Human beings are very social animals! And distancing yourself from friends and loved ones can be extremely difficult. But with a little thought and planning, you can not only get through, this but make it easier for those you’re missing.
Take the reins on this, reach out to friends and family, set up phone calls or video calls, make a list each day of something you want to do for your mind, body, and soul. The beautiful thing about social distancing, is that everything is in your hands right now. You get to choose how to best take care of yourself and your loved ones, and now might be the perfect time to pull everyone together remotely.
Stay healthy, stay happy, and take care of yourself! All the best to you in this difficult time, and thank you for reading this article that I clearly wrote while bored out of my mind during social distancing.