Here’s My List of Things to Do While Social Distancing 

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The spread of the coronavirus means that those of us with sickle cell disease need to be extremely cautious. We have all been advised to practice social distancing.

I have been in my house for a week now and have become bored due to my lack of routine. So in this column, I have listed some things that I’ve done to keep myself occupied while I practice social distancing.

Spring clean

On day one of my social distancing, I had a spring clean.

Ensuring that my environment is as clean as possible felt very therapeutic. After spring cleaning, the space around me felt a little bigger and my mood was better. The thought of being in the house for an extended period felt less daunting.

Studies have shown a positive correlation between spring cleaning and reduced stress levels, and at a time like this we must do what we can to reduce all potential triggers of a sickle cell crisis. 

Work out

Since being home I’ve had a drastic drop in my activity levels. I am not usually the most active person, but I try to fit exercise into my daily routine. 

I tend to use alternative and longer routes on my walk to work. I have a gym membership and in a good week I will attend at least three times. However, as I am not leaving my house now, I have been unable to do any of these activities.

Instead, I have started to do some home workouts. YouTube has many useful videos made by qualified professionals, so it was easy to find a suitable home workout that I could follow.

Learn a new skill

Another way to keep occupied and reduce boredom is to learn a new skill or develop an old one.

The first few days of social distancing felt very monotonous as I was doing the same thing. So to avoid this feeling, I have started to dedicate more time to learning and enhancing skills. 

I play the bass guitar and have begun to set aside time during my day to improve the way I play. I am also trying to learn French, so I have been spending more time listening to French podcasts and videos.

Watch a TV show or film

I have been using my Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions and found a few shows that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. Most shows I watch fall under the comedy genre as I love to laugh. These shows put me in a good mood, something I need, especially as most of the news lately has had me feeling down and worried. I believe it is important to have something to make you laugh.

What have you been doing to keep occupied? I would love to hear in the comments below.


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