Featured Story Written By Breann Lujan-Halcon

7 Ways to Make The Most of Social Distancing

Did you already binge watch all your favorite shows? Burnt out on screen time? Don’t let social distancing make you feel isolated, try these 7 tips and tricks to keep from feeling cooped up.

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By this time you have heard all the latest terms surrounding coronavirus… flatten the curve, social distancing, self-isolation, shelter in place, working remotely. The new lingo is not just what people are saying these days, but what healthcare providers are recommending to fight this current pandemic.

For those of you that are working and schooling from home, your new routine may be a difficult adjustment, and let’s face it — boring. While staying home is not mandated, it is highly recommended to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus. 

Social Distancing does not mean social isolation — call a family member or friend to check in. Facetime or utilize video calling apps to share a smile with someone you are thinking about. 

Zoom is bringing people together not only for weekly meetings, but also for virtual happy hour, coffee with a friend and date night via computer screen. Social gatherings don’t have to be in person, throw a virtual Houseparty and don’t worry about having to pick up after.

Are those emojis not cutting it? Forget about checking your inbox and start checking your mailbox. Take advantage of your extra time and write a letter, by hand! Snail mail is alive and well and for 55 cents you can brighten someone’s day with a hand written note- just because. 

A perk of living in Wyoming is its wide open spaces, sometimes there may not be another person for miles. Hike (or bike) your favorite trail, take your favorite four-legged friend for a walk or try to reel in a big one. Adventure is out there, and you don’t have to go far (or be too close to others) to find it. 

Find new trailsto explore or plan your next fishing expedition.

Not up for that much adventure? Take a virtual tour! 

Travel from Yellowstone to Denver from your kitchen table. The National Park Service is bringing Yellowstone National Park to you with their online virtual tours. Explore mud volcanos and hot springs before popping over for the safari experience and bring the Zoo to You.

Don’t let the snow fool you, spring is really here. Tackle those projects you seem to never have time for while also easing your nerves. Deep clean your bathroom, organize your cabinets or purge your closet. Decluttering your space has proven effects of improving your mental health. 

Chanel your inner Pinterest personality and take time to get creative. Try an online pop up paint party, take up a new hobby, or learn to cook a new dish. You could come out of social distancing as the next Iron Chef or maybe have a new side hustle. 

Your gym might be closed but that does not mean you can’t break a sweat. Take your workout to the next virtual level. Check in with your favorite gym or studio online as many are bringing your workout to you. Try CrossFit from the comfort of your own home, give Pilates a try or unwind with yoga. Exercise is medicine, so get those endorphins flowing.

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