Achieving Happiness During Social Distancing
By Naza Holliman
The world has changed exponentially in just a few short weeks, and our lives will very likely never be the same. Here in Los Angeles, California, less than two weeks ago, kids were in school, people were working, dining out, enjoying beach days, and snow days in the mountains. We are Californians, and we love to be out enjoying our unique climate, and all of the social activities available to us.
As an Angelino, I am no exception. My family is one who loves to travel, to be out and about. My kid’s favorite question is, “what are we going to explore today, mama?” My husband and I love visiting the latest restaurants, and we enjoy visiting museums and going to some of LA’s hottest events. We love the beach, the mountains, and exploring. So, when schools and nonessential businesses shut down, people and families like my own, began to navigate an unfamiliar new life. Peoples worlds have been turned upside down. Parents are thrown into homeschooling their children with no previous experience. For a lot of folks, working from home has been a challenge, and for those people who have to work full time and homeschool their children, life has become increasingly impossible. It can all feel overwhelming and stressful. And for some, it can feel incredibly isolating and depressing. But there is so much you can do during this time of social distancing.
First and foremost, remember, social distancing does not mean social isolation. Now more than any other time in history, we have the world at our fingertips. So, use FaceTime, Duo, Zoom, Skype, and any other video calling app to socialize with friends and family. If you have children, have them video chat with their friends, no matter how young they may be. Zoom playdates and storytimes are a great way to keep younger kids in touch with their friends and classmates.
Step outside at least once a day. Go for a walk in a remote area, have a picnic in the back yard or garden, have your morning coffee on the balcony, if you are lucky enough to have a pool, go for a swim. Go for a hike or a walk around your home, but make sure to keep your distance.
Take Online Courses
Take this time as an opportunity to learn something new. Places like Coursera.com offer hundreds of free online courses to the public. You have the option of going at your own pace, and also paying for a certificate, should you want to be certified. Tip: Coursera is offering Yale’s most popular class ever, and the topic is how to be happier in your life.
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