Mindfulness in the Age of Social Distancing

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and mandatory and recommended quarantines, have established social distancing as the new way of life for citizens across the globe. While no doubt a crucial precaution, many of us are already feeling the toll of isolation – far away from our friends, our professors, and our families.

Now more than ever is the time to take care of our mental and physical health. Here are some tips in which you can practice mindfulness while keeping yourself safe:

Catch up with your friends or family through video calls

We live in the digital age, so why not take advantage of it? When you can’t be together in person, do the next best thing and host online game nights or sing-alongs, or simply catch up with your loved ones!

Maintain a routine

Just because you have to stay indoors, it doesn’t mean you have to forego your daily routine! Even if you’re working from home or attending online classes, wake up when you usually would (minus the commute time) and get dressed as if you were expected to go in. It’ll do wonders for your attention span!

Stay away from the news

It’s good to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world, but given the current pandemic, the news is likely to upset you. Distract yourself with your favorite book or that TV series you’ve been meaning to check out!

Work out

Get your daily exercise in from the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of workout videos to be found on YouTube and other streaming sites, so get your muscles working and stay fit!

Written by: Deeksha Lal, OIS Communications Editor, Master of Communication Management, USC Annenberg 2020