Don’t Stand So Close to Me, No, Really:
How to Keep on Social Distancing When We’re Really Tired Of It
We’re bored. We don’t know what day it is. We’re still looking for toilet paper and Lysol wipes. Our houses have (hopefully) never been cleaner. But we’ve now reached the fourth week of COVID-19 lockdown. And if you’re like us, you may be noticing that some people…and we’re not pointing fingers here…are starting to get a little lax about this whole pandemic thing. After the initial rush, social distancing can start to seem normal…and we all know that familiarity can breed contempt.
Look, we get it. We can’t remember the last time we wore pants that didn’t have a stretchy waist. And we, too, wish we didn’t have to sit inside avoiding our friends and family, or washing our hands for 20 seconds or wearing masks to run to the grocery store. Especially when we get news that the curve is starting to flatten. Which is great! But the last thing we want is to get ahead of ourselves and wind up with a brand-new wave of coronavirus (Coronavirus 2: Now It’s Personal).
As senior living professionals, you know better than anyone that this coronavirus thing is no joke. You’ve probably already heard about residents in communities coming down with COVID-19 because asymptomatic staff are spreading it. Your community may have instituted lockdown, all the masks all the time and other measures to keep you, your staff and your residents safe and healthy. But it’s not fun, and nothing we say is going to make it fun.
However, what we can do is give you SeniorVu’s list of “Fight the Good Fight” ways to stay motivated, happy, healthy and not stir-crazy to ride this coronavirus out. Here are some tips from our team members to keep you, if not enjoying your social distancing, at least making it tolerable.
Sing while you scrub. We’ve all heard that singing “Happy Birthday” twice or “Baby Shark” will perfectly time your safe hand washing habits. Go to the next level and add some sizzle to your scrubbing by using these perfect Prince lyrics instead of kiddie songs.
Get moving. We all know that exercise is a great boost to health of all kinds, but with gyms being closed, it can be hard (near impossible) to get you in a fitness mood. Luckily, the Internet feels you – and there are many fitness companies that are offering free online courses during quarantine. You can also search for popular fitness gurus on YouTube and watch them work out from the comfort of their homes…in your home.
Hold a virtual happy hour/lunch/dinner party/movie night. Sad that you can’t be around the people you care about? It’s never been easier to see the faces and hear the voices of your friends and family, thanks to apps like Zoom, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, Skype and so many more. Holding virtual events is the newest, hottest thing, and you don’t even have to change out of your yoga pants. Sure, it’s no substitute for actually being in the same room as someone, but at least you can have a heart-to-heart face-to-face.
Wear a mask. The CDC recently announced that it is “wise” for people to wear masks when they’re out in public, even if they aren’t showing any signs of the virus. No funny tips here – but we urge you to use something to cover your face and mouth, whether it’s a homemade solution or a purchased option. Remember to wash cloth items to ensure that they’re sanitary.
Hold tight, friends! This, too, shall pass, and we will emerge from this a healthier, safer and more thoughtful nation…even though it’s awfully frustrating right now. Take steps to protect you and your family (and your residents), and if there’s anything we can do to help you out, let us know.