Distraction is a very valid tool to help you cope when everything feels overwhelming or when you feel lonely or isolated. Give yourself a to-do list every day: you can clean and take care of projects around your home, work on hobbies, connect with family or friends, read a new book and catch up on your favourite TV shows. You can find interesting opportunities to take online courses from universities all over the world through MOOCs (massive open online courses) and other online learning platforms, you can learn a new language online or through apps, and you can learn new hobbies and activities. As more people have to practice social distancing or self-isolation, people are finding creative ways to bring the world into their homes: you can tour museums and art galleries, Skype with a scientist, watch animals at zoos and nature preserves, and more.
When normal schedules are disrupted, it’s easy to fall into unhelpful habits like mindlessly scrolling through social media for hours. Look for ways to keep yourself on track with healthier habits. You could set yourself goals every day or turn activities into a fun competition with friends or family—whoever takes the most language classes wins!
Give back and pitch in
Many communities are using social media platforms like Facebook to organize support and help for neighbours. If you are healthy and it’s safe to do so, you can sign up to walk dogs, pick up groceries and household supplies, and help others who can’t go out at the moment. This can be a great way to make new connections in your area, and helping others is good for your own mental health. Just be sure to follow good hygiene practices and social distancing—your own health is important.