Right now, physical distancing and staying safe is the way we show kindness and love to each other. Being apart doesn’t mean we are alone or disconnected. We can use this moment to be more connected than ever. Follow @loveislouder for tips, tools and resources for taking care of our physical and mental health, and supporting each other during this time of uncertainty.

Taking care of our mental health and supporting each other helps us cope with stress and anxiety, and protect our immune systems so we can fight the spread and impact of the virus. Explore the sections below for simple things we can do every day as we stay in and social distance to feel better, stay strong and feel connected.

If you or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed right now, you aren’t alone. To have a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor 24/7, text HOME to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can find more resources for getting help and feeling better at the bottom of this page. 

Right now, physical distancing and staying safe is the way we show kindness and love to each other. Being apart doesn’t mean we are alone or disconnected. We can use this moment to be more connected than ever. Follow @loveislouder for tips, tools and resources for taking care of our physical and mental health, and supporting each other during this time of uncertainty.

Taking care of our mental health and supporting each other helps us cope with stress and anxiety, and protect our immune systems so we can fight the spread and impact of the virus. Explore the sections below for simple things we can do every day as we stay in and social distance to feel better, stay strong and feel connected.

If you or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed right now, you aren’t alone. To have a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor 24/7, text HOME to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can find more resources for getting help and feeling better at the bottom of this page. 

Get Creative with Virtual 
Dates & Hangouts

If you’re single and meeting new people or in the early stages of a relationship, physical distancing and staying safe doesn’t mean you can’t continue to connect and get to know each other.

Attend Virtual Concerts

Just because concerts have been postponed doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the power of music together…even while physical distancing. Check out virtual concerts happening soon. 

Deal with Disappointment

We’re all feeling a lot of things right now. It’s important that we name, express and share them. Join a Storytelling Community and become part of a project that rises above the distance between us.

Being Kind to Our Bodies

Our jobs are not to change the world, change our lives or change our bodies during these weeks. Our jobs are to stay safe and stay well. Here are some tips to help.

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  • If your job or other essential tasks do not require you to leave the house, STAY IN.
  • If you are showing any symptoms of illness, it is imperative that you STAY IN.
  • Even if you aren’t showing symptoms, you still could have the virus and pass it on to others. STAYING IN is an act of kindness and respect.
  • Going outside, getting fresh air and exercising are all good for our mental health while we are physical distancing. Just make sure you stay at least six feet away from any other person(s).
  • The video below explains why it is SO critical that each of us stay in, practice physical distancing and help flatten the curve.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping  a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Our emotional health has a powerful impact on our physical health. It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious in times of uncertainty — especially when it causes changes to our routine and can create financial strains. But when we aren’t taking care of our mental health and finding ways to cope, it’s harder for us to manage that stress and support the people around us. When our mental health is strained, it can also weaken our immune system. Right now, we need to be healthy physically…and emotionally. Check out some tips below for staying calm and protecting our mental health. It’s OK to reach out for help if you need it.

You can text HOME to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime for a confidential conversation with a trained counselor. 

TAKE A DEEP BREATH

When we are feeling overwhelmed or get a burst of anxiety, our body often reacts by taking rapid, shallow breaths. Slowing and deepening the breath helps us feel more calm and gain a better perspective on the situation. Check out the video from Calm below for a short breathing exercise you can do anytime to destress, relax and recharge. Try doing a breathing exercise when you first wake up, before you go to bed at night, and anytime you are feeling overwhelmed.

PRESS PAUSE

It’s important to be patient with ourselves and others while we are staying in and physical distancing. Tension can be high and tempers can flare. If you start feeling overwhelmed, anxious or angry, the best thing to do is step away from the situation and Press Pause. Taking a minute to regroup and recharge gives us better perspective so we can decide how to react, whether to react, and what to do next. Find more ways to Press Pause.

FIND MINDFUL MOMENTS

It’s important to be patient with ourselves and others while we are staying in and physical distancing. Tension can be high and tempers can flare. If you start feeling overwhelmed, anxious or angry, the best thing to do is step away from the situation and Press Pause. Taking a minute to regroup and recharge gives us better perspective so we can decide how to react, whether to react, and what to do next. Find more ways to Press Pause.

TAKE A PLAY BREAK

Play breaks aren’t just for kids. Research shows that getting playful can reduce stress and help us feel calmer. We should try and take play breaks every day that we’re staying inside and self-distancing. Color, paint, sculpt, make slime, play games.

We’ve created a coloring sheet you can download here to get you started.

 

Staying in and practicing physical distancing is, in itself, a form of kindness. We’re protecting our friends, family members and communities. There are many other ways we can show kindness and spread love right now, and helping others is a powerful way to improve our state of minds and make others feel connected and supported. Here are some ideas to get started. You can also scroll through the graphics below and/or share them on your social media to inspire others to find ways to be kind. 

OFFER TO HELP OTHERS

Let people in your area know that you are available to help run errands for people who may not be able to get out of the house because of physical or financial limitations, or because they are in a high-risk group. Just make sure to practice the #StaySafe tips above including washing your hands, cleaning surfaces you touch and limiting contact with others.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

While some cities have closed restaurants for dining in, most still allow pick-up and deliveries. If you have the resources to do so, purchase meals, products and services from local businesses whenever you can. You can also purchase gift cards to use when businesses reopen. This gives businesses and their employees much needed income right now. If you are able to safely pick up food or products, consider saving delivery slots for people who really need them.

TIP BIG

If you are picking up food, getting deliveries or purchasing other products/services, tip generously (if you can).

BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

Hoarding items only creates unnecessary shortages and prevents other people from getting what they need. We have NO indications that there will be shortages of essentials during this period of staying in and physical distancing. Purchase only what you need. If you have extras of items that stores don’t have in stock right now, offer to share those with others in your community who ned them.

Staying active is important for our physical and mental health. It might be tempting to slip straight from working on the laptop to binging shows on the couch but, over time, this routine will negatively impact your health and your state of mind. Try to incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily routine. Be patient with yourself if you don’t complete every workout you try or if there are days where it’s hard to get motivated. This is a challenging time and we are all doing the best we can. Any sort of daily physical activity is a step in the right direction. Check out the ideas below and scroll through the videos for simple workouts you can do anywhere. .

RUN OR WALK OUTSIDE (SAFELY)

If the weather in your area allows, it’s a great time to get back to basics with a simple walk, run or combo of the two in your neighborhood. Try to pick a route where you can easily maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. You can add to the positive impact this exercise has on your mental health by listening to a podcast like The Happiness Lab or enjoying your favorite playlist. 

FITNESS APPS

We all need a little help from time to time when it comes to getting fit – especially when we’re staying in. Fitness apps can remind us of our goals and prompting us to follow through on them. They also provide the tools and information we need, whether it’s a calorie calculator or a trainer who plans our workouts and coaches us along. Here are some good options to explore.

STREAMING/LIVE CLASSES & VIDEOS

Gyms and fitness centers are closing in many cities (and it’s a good idea to maintain your distance and avoid going to these establishments even if they are open in their area). Luckily, there are tons of options for accessing workouts online or joining in on virtual classes. Here is a list of 25+ options for you to consider.

SIMPLE DIY WORKOUTS

Let people in your area know that you are available to help run errands for people who may not be able to get out of the house because of physical or financial limitations, or because they are in a high-risk group. Just make sure to practice the #StaySafe tips above including washing your hands, cleaning surfaces you touch and limiting contact with others.

Just because we’re distancing ourselves physically, doesn’t mean we’re alone or disconnected. In fact, we can use this moment to become even more connected using technologies (both old and new). It’s OK to enjoy some solo time while we’re social distancing, but try to connect frequently with the important people in your life. It’s a powerful part of protecting our emotional health and supporting friends and family. Here are some ideas for creative ways to connect. Have other ideas? Email us at info@loveislouder.com.

CATCH UP ON CONNECTING

Daily life moves so fast that many of our relationships are maintained with texts, social media and emails. Turn in an obstacle into an opportunity, and use this time to pick up the phone and catch up with friends or family. Make an extra effort to reach out to people who may be physical distancing on their own or aren’t able to get out.

ATTEND A VIRTUAL SHOW

Many of us are dealing with disappointment around canceled concerts and events we were looking forward to enjoying with our friends. Fortuantely, many artists and organizations are feeling our pain and finding other ways to entertain and connect us. Check out these lists from BILLBOAD NPR of a diverse (and long) list of free  live events you can experience virtually. Make it a group experience by group Facetiming or doing a Google Hangout with your friends while watching.

THROW A VIRTUAL PARTY

Bummed that your weekend plans are canceled or that an upcoming celebration is on hold? Take advantage of technology and bring your friends together virtually. Virtual theme parties can create fun activities for kids and us grown-ups alike. Here are guides for holding a virtual dinner party and for coordinating group movie/television viewing experiences on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SOCIAL

Social media is a primary way many of us are staying connected, but logging into  that social media can also create stress. Use features like Instagram’s mute function to silence accounts that are bumming you out or overwhelming you with stressful news coverage. While you’re at it, find more accounts to follow that inspire you, give you practical tips or make you feel more connected (like @loveislouder).

 

 

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time coping during this time of uncertainty, it’s important to reach out for support. Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (2355) for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor 24/7.