Hello from the living room.
The world is feeling about six feet farther away than it usually does, and since we all have (incredibly) clean hands and a lot of time on them, it's a chance to remember to keep ourselves healthy in other ways – either by picking up new routines that make us feel better or ditching things that wreck our wellness.
Quit vaping – it weakens your immune system, which is generally not-so-good, but especially now. Studies suggest vapers are more likely to get respiratory infections. According to Dr. Nora Volkow, a Director at the National Institutes of Health, "the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape." If you need help quitting, This is Quitting can help. Text DITCHVAPE to 88709.
Get movement in – whether it's through trying to do a thousand pushups or a YouTube workout. Or take a walk, staying far enough away from other people.
Learn something new – there are apps to learn a language, YouTube videos teaching every instrument imaginable (including the accordion), video games you haven't played, mediation apps, recipes with step-by-step instructions for everything from hard-boiled eggs to bread. With an unprecedented amount of time on your hands – why not?
Do something you've been putting off – nothing like a sense of accomplishment to give your mental health a boost. Clean out your closet, learn how to change the oil in your car, read a book, organize your art supplies, get all the empty cups out of your room, find out what really lives under your bed.
While social distancing isn't *ideal* for most of us, it's time and space we can use to refocus on our overall health and wellness, while we're doing something important for the general public – especially those who don't have strong immune systems. The CDC has more info – so be sure to check them out for new news. And don't forget to wash your hands.