Coping with COVID-19: Coping with social distancing

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The concept of social distancing is new to many of us, but it’s crucial right now as we work to manage and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We have a lengthy list of “don’ts” that we’re expected to juggle, but what are we supposed to “do”?

The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health’s Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program recommends the following ideas to get you started on your social distancing quest.

  • Cook a gourmet dinner you think you can’t cook
  • Clean a closet at home
  • Have a solo dance party in your living room
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Explore learning a new language (apps like DuoLingo are free to use!)
  • Commence singing in the shower as loudly as you please
  • Clean behind the refrigerator
  • Take some artsy pictures of random objects
  • Rearrange your living room furniture
  • Put a puzzle together
  • Play solitaire
  • Build a house of cards
  • Learn to fold origami
  • Take up knitting, crocheting, quilting or needlepoint
  • Skype or FaceTime with a friend
  • Watch a movie
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Read a novel, just for fun
  • Login to YouTube and check out a free yoga video
  • Take a virtual tour of a museum like the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC:
  • Listen to the opera. The Met is offering a free stream nightly, available here:
  • Check out the Social Distancing Festival:

Here it is, your daily de-stressing dose (cute bear video edition):