Making the best of social distancing

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Take social distancing as an opportunity to grow. Make good use of the additional hours that you have right now. Staying active, balanced and productive is the best thing you can do for your physical and mental health.

Here are proven strategies that will help you boost your immunity, increase resilience and stay in a more positive mindset during social isolation.

Practice Meditation

A fifteen-minute meditation practice is enough time to make an impact on your mental balance. Find a quiet spot in your home and start a daily practice. Meditation is a well-documented strategy to reduce anxiety, depression symptoms, improve mental resilience, and happiness.

Journal your gratitude

It is good to be thankful but it is better if you write it down. Reminding yourself of the goodness in your life is a scientific way to boost mood, lower toxic emotions, and increase positivity. The more you focus on the positive, the more you will realize that most of the things in your life is going great.

Learn a new skill


Take an online course and learn a new skill. Learning helps us build stronger brain connections to improve problem-solving. When you stretch your brain and learn a new skill you are protecting your brain against aging-related brain diseases like Dementia.

Start an online club with friends and family

We all love spending time with people we feel we get along with and have similar interests. Human beings thrive when they have positive and supportive social connections and interactions. Continuing social relationships is vital for happiness, life satisfaction, and better immune protection against diseases. Build and grow your tribe online and stay meaningfully connected with others

Read an inspiring book


Reading things that are positive, and uplifting is a proven way to keep the mind more optimistic. If you are only reading negative news, you are focusing your brain on fears and triggering stress, cortisol, and inflammation. When you read about positive things, your brain stays in a better mindset and you will feel more hopeful about the future. Hope is a valuable strength to build in these challenging times.

Connect with nature

Nature is an amazing tool that can help us cope with stress and reduce anxiety. Research has shown that people that spend time outside have better mental health, less anxiety, and cope better with life challenges. If you can’t go out, get a plant.

Help the lonely and isolated

There are people in need around you. There could be a neighbor that needs support and just a phone call. Helping others has many benefits that go beyond the person that you are supporting. When you assist someone, you are practicing a resilient strategy that will boost your confidence, reduce the risk of depression, and increase your well being.

One quote

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
― Paulo Coelho,

One question

How are you making the best out of our current situation?

2 Comments

  1. Kevin on April 9, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Tamy,
    Thank you for being the calm in the storm. A quote from Paulo Coelho – beautiful! For me, social distancing is an acute aid to an acute situation. I hope once the fear subsides and this virus slows people will not live in fear of ever touching others. We live among viruses and bacteria every day! But a life balanced with physical fitness as well as mental fitness provide us a path to good living. And I am grateful for you, your words, your insights, and your family.

    • Kathy D on April 30, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      I read here an affirmation of some of the ways I spend my time, but also ideas for more mindfulness. In “normal” time I may not have taken the time to read this blog, but I am grateful that today I did. Thanks

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