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Single? Social distancing? Here’s 10 tips to keep your sanity!

As days turn into weeks, many of us have been practicing social distancing to keep healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLEVELAND — If you are single and living alone, you’ve most likely already watched your favorite TV show or movie, cleaned your place more times than you can count and read more books and magazines than you ever imagined. 

Now what? 

I chatted with a local CPST social worker and therapist, for a few insights…

Here’s your top 10 list to keep your sanity!

In-Home Workouts

Working out has been shown to improve your mental health and is a mood booster.

Outdoor Walks & Runs

Head outside to a local park/green space for fresh air observing the 6-foot social distancing guidelines. Enjoy nature!

FaceTime/Zoom Social Interaction

Virtually connect face-to-face with friends and family.

Guided Meditation/Gratitude

Meditation benefits include: Reduced stress and anxiety. Suggestions include YouTubing “Honest Guys Meditation." Writing an “A to Z gratitude list” where you write the alphabet and write the name of a person or thing that you’re thankful for.

Quality Time with your Pets

Hanging out with your furry friends releases the “feel good” chemicals of dopamine and serotonin.

Laughter

Keep sending those fun memes to your friends and family. Laughter is the best medicine!

Learn Something New

This is a perfect time to learn that new language, try that new recipe or freshen up on how to invest.

Rock Out to your Favorite Music

Another great way to boost your mood is enjoying your favorite music!

Goodnight’s Sleep

Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep! Aim for a restful eight hours of sleep each night. Try and set a bedtime schedule and routine and stick to it. 20-minute naps are great as well!

Speak with Mental Health Professional

If you’re feeling depressed – which is totally understandable – reach out for help.

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