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Stay healthy when you’re stuck at home

We know that many of you are doing your part for public health by social distancing for a couple weeks during the COVID-19 outbreak. While it’s the right thing to do, it can also trigger loneliness, boredom, and frustration with the whole family being cooped up together.

The team at Vivacity Care Center brainstormed a few ideas for ways to keep mentally and physically healthy—and avoid the spread of germs.

Get outside

“My kids and I are planning on taking walks in the neighborhood,” said Dr. Jlyn Pritchard, who has the added challenge of supervising her kids’ temporary online school. Heidi Beer plans to go for runs when she needs a break.

The COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, so you can still get outside and enjoy the early signs of spring. Just put some distance between you and others. If you spot a friend or neighbor while you’re out, practice an alternative to the handshake.

The Crotty family has a daily Quaranteam Challenge. Join their group to get a daily activity for the family.

Give your pets some extra love

Pets are happiest when their people are home. Dr. Paula Dygert is planning to spend some extra time playing with her black lab.

Dr. Sarah Crow and her family are also planning to spend extra time with their chickens and dogs. Pets are great for giving us a sense of purpose and someone to talk to!

Read a book

“Factfulness” might help you see COVID-19 in a different way. Bill Gates called it one of the most important books he’s ever read, and we agree.

“It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)” is an honest, hilarious memoir by Nora McInerny, host of the honest podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.” She teaches us that situations aren’t always wrapped up with a bow after 30 minutes. And that’s OK.

“Confidence Code” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman will have you feeling better about where you are and motivate you to practice your confidence.

Have a book to recommend? Set up a virtual book club!

Try some at-home workout moves

Annalee Wilson is planning to do some yoga videos while she’s at home. If you’re feeling more adventurous, scroll through @KaisaFit on Instagram and try one of her workouts in the privacy of your own home—or go public and share your on social media to encourage your friends and family to stay active.

We’re inspired by the personal trainers and studios offering their classes via live stream Some gyms are also loaning out equipment to members. Here are a few:

Take an online class

If things are slow at work, why not sharpen your skills or add a new one. Coursera offers classes from top universities. Some you can even audit for free. You might impress your boss if you return to the office with a new certification.


If you’re unsure about eating out or bringing home fresh veggies from the market, now is a great time to cook up the frozen veggies you have stashed in the freezer. Get inspired with some tips from a chef.

It might also be a good time to try some new things. Make your own yogurt or cheese. You could challenge yourself and get creative with what you have in your kitchen. Just pick a couple ingredients and do a web search for a recipe.

Clean your house

A cluttered home can lead to stress and anxiety—no one needs that when spending extra hours at home. Systematically cleaning it out can even improve your health. Michele Bauer recommends taking it one closet or category at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. When you’re done decluttering, consider sanitizing it all. Some great cleaners can be made using ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Feel better with a podcast

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant understands that with the wrong approach, work can suck. He uses his education and experience to help us all make Work Life better. Life Kit from NPR delivers quick tips for life in podcast-form. Actor Dax Shepard doesn’t shy away from talking about life’s messiness on his show Armchair Expert.

Connect with fellow humans

Schedule a video call with your team or a work friend while you’re isolated. Don’t underestimate how a video chat can make you feel connected–even when you’d rather be in sweats and messy hair. Call friends and family members for a leisurely check-in. You might even consider putting pen to paper and sending a meaningful letter that will make someone’s day.

We’re all in this together

We know that social distancing can be difficult, but we hope these ideas help you continue to make your mental and physical health a priority. It’s important we all do our part for public health to avoid the spread of germs and hopefully shorten the outbreak.

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