In order to cope with social distancing, I started planning some regular activities to maintain my mental, physical, intellectual, and spiritual stability. Social distancing is challenging for me, because I have an active social lifestyle and I like spending quality time with my friends and family. Here are five things currently helping me cope with social distancing:

1. Home Workouts 

I like to exercise for at least thirty minutes each day. Exercising helps relieve my stress. I’m currently using an exercise plan found at BeachBody. Be forewarned: this is a high-intensity workout! But you can find different exercise plans according to your own fitness goals.

2. Online Classes 

I’m designating some of my extra time at home for my professional development and growth. I’m taking online classes to improve my knowledge in marketing, software, and professional skills. I’ve been using two platforms–LinkedIn Learning and Shaw Academy. Both provide a free one-month trial.

3.     Staying Connected 

Talking with my family and friends. My immediate family lives in Venezuela, so I like to call every day to check on them. 

4.     Baking 

I have found baking to be a great distraction while I’m home. Most of my baked desserts are low-carb and dairy-free. I like to use fruits, almond milk, almond flour, and honey as the main ingredients. Right now, I love these recipes–Coconut Almond Banana Bread and Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix.

5.     Prayer 

Lastly, I take some time during the day to pray and disconnect from technology, television, and especially the news. I light a candle, play relaxing music, and give thanks to God. 

These five activities have helped me deal with the anxiety from COVID-19. After taking a step back from current news and worrying about the future, I noticed that I began looking forward to my exercise routine and my online classes.

I’d love to hear what’s helping you.

Luisa Matos

Luisa Matos is a 2019 graduate of Fordham University and the Program Assistant at the Center on Religion and Culture.