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Mental Health Tips for Social Distancing

As we enter this new and unprecedented phase of the pandemic, we are inundated with guidelines about how to keep ourselves and our families healthy and virus-free. Yet a key item on the list—social distancing—poses unprecedented challenges to our mental and emotional well being, and requires consideration.

Here are 4 tips to maintain your mental health while social distancing:

1. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing; use technology to connect widely. There are so many tech tools to help make social distancing easier. Zoom, Skype, or Facetime allow you to video chat with family and friends, almost having the same in-person interaction feelings! Check out more tech tools for seniors on our blog, here.

2. Exercise and physical activity, daily if possible. For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy! Regular physical activity can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety.

3. Positive family time—working to counter negativity. Remember, as of today, it’s okay for small groups of ten people or fewer to still spend time together. Make sure to wash your hands and wipe down surfaces before and after spending time together. 

4. Focused meditation and relaxation. Relax your body often by doing things that work for you- take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or pray, or engage in activities you enjoy.