Seeing Things Differently - Ways to Cope With Social Distancing

Wednesday, March 18

By Ariana Noghreh

We're all complainers naturally. Nothing is ever good enough for us and we always find the negative before thinking about the positive. With how things are right now, it’s even much easier to complain. But maybe things aren’t so bad. Maybe you have to look at things differently and see this as an opportunity. 

In the days before this commotion, how many times did you find yourself thinking “I don’t have enough time to read this awesome book that’s coming out soon.” or “I’d really kill to have a week to myself and just be in bed and rest”. How about “I can’t find the time to figure myself out and rediscover who I am because of everything life keeps throwing my way.”?

Well, you just got what you always wished for and wanted. Sure, it may not be the ~best~ of circumstances, but you still got the outcome you wanted. More or less.

So take this “holiday” of sorts as an opportunity. Do all the things you’ve always wanted to do. But having been given the opportunity doesn’t mean that you’re 100% sure about what you want to do, and you usually remember the things you’ve wanted to do once it’s too late. So that’s why this article or “guide” is here! It’s here to give you ideas about all the things you could be doing that you’ve wanted to do in the past.

1) Binge-watch shows and movies: This is pretty clear, so there’s no need for me to explain it for you. Watch all the things you’ve hd on your watchlist for months or even years. Or just keep rewatching The Office and FRIENDS if you want to! You have all the time in the world and the choice is up to you!

If you don’t have anything on your watchlist, it’s okay! Just work your way backwards. Search for the movies that came out in 2019 and seeing a movie’s name up there may remind you that you once wanted to watch it. You can even check your Netflix recommendations.  And if you want to binge these things on Netflix with friends, you can use the Google Chrome Extension “Netflix Party”. You can even chat while the movie or show is streaming!

2) Start a new hobby: It may be baking, it may be knitting, or it may be painting. Whatever it is, now’s your chance to do it! Read books, listen to audiobooks, exercise at home to get fit, practice an instrument, the choices are infinite!

3) Online learning: No, this isn’t the same as showing up to your lectures and classes via video-chat. You can learn a skill you’ve always wanted to learn or brush up on a subject you once knew everything about. I personally took a course on marketing and another on forensic anthropology because I’ve always liked them, and since I had the time, I did!

Websites like Futurelearn, Coursera, Skillshare, and more are here for you so don’t be afraid to check them out!

4) Reconnect with your family/friends: Sure, you may not all be living with your family members or roommates like everyone else, or maybe you can’t see them because of this whole “social distancing” thing to keep them safe. But it’s okay, you can still connect with them. FaceTime and Skype are created for a reason! Talk to people. Especially older family members you can’t visit. It’ll always make their day and remind them that you’re thinking of them. It’s always a win-win.

5) Play games: This can include video games and board games alike. If you’re living alone, you can play online. There are still countless things to do!

6) Rediscover yourself: Our busy lives may have made us forget who we are. Maybe you’ve felt a little lost these last few months, or maybe you’ve been a bit down. Now’s the time to get yourself back up, stronger than ever. Start taking care of yourself, be it mentally or physically. Mold things around you the way you honestly want them to. Reprioritize things in your life, reinvent yourself, try out new things, get back to being happy again. You can do this! I believe in you, and you should too.

7) Plan for the things you want to do after this chaos is over: Maybe you want to travel. Figure out where the destination would be so that you could finally do it once everything is over. 

8) Remember that this too shall pass: It’s been quite a rocky few months, but things won’t always be like this. Remember that being scared and cautious are not the same. Don’t give into your anxiety and fears over the circumstances. Just be careful, wash your hands, eat healthy, and rest well. This too shall pass.

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