When life gets a little too busy and hectic we often wish that we could distance ourselves from it all. But as they say, be careful what you wish for because now with social distancing being a thing these days amidst the Corona Virus pandemic, it seems as though we got a whole more alone time than we bargained for. As naturally social creatures, there’s only so much social distancing us humans can take. After a while, it can transform into an endless trap of self stress and anxiousness. Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with such a situation when you’re feeling a little down in the dumps on some days.
1. Switch off the T.V.
If not the entire T.V., then stay absolutely far away from those news channels. Although it is good to stay well informed during such a time of uncertainty and panic, it is also equally important to keep the information overload on the low. Sometimes knowing too much can send our imaginations into over-drive and we start to think of all possible things that could possibly go wrong. And “possibly” is not a good enough reason to send us into a state of tense panic.
2. Turn on that Computer Camera
There’s nothing wrong with letting your friends know that you’re feeling a little lonely every once in a while. Too many times too often we don’t want to let others in on our feelings and emotions out of fear of being judged or somehow appearing “uncool”, cause you know, it’s cool to be closed off and all. But when we allow ourselves the opportunity to open up, you’ll be amazed at how much better you may feel afterwards. So don’t be afraid to hit up that old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and just – talk.
3. Sit outside on the grass in your garden
Besides the inevitable itch that follows, there is a calming sense of wholeness that one feels when looking up at the endless sky. The vast blank space helps to clear your mind and most importantly, let go. To complement this exercise, also try listening to music. Pick songs that are slow in tempo and calming in tone, trust, they really help you to escape.
And with that, there’s your mini self-distancing survival kit.