“Social distancing”. That’s a phrase I never thought I would have to learn. I wonder if those words will end up in some type of new dictionary or phrase collection. The world may be tired of hearing the words, but this “social distancing” is vital to the safety and health of the world.
Alerts went out recently as a normal began to set in. People across nations have been told to stay at home unless specific needs are required. Just a few weeks ago, many areas were told to stop gathering in groups of 50 or more. Within days, the numbers changed to 20 or more. Then, 10 or more. Now, in some areas of the world, the authorities require people not to gather in groups of 3 or more. Who knows the next number?
During this social distancing at medical offices, grocery stores, and other businesses, the majority of people are trying to follow the rules. My husband and I have gone to the pharmacy for prescriptions. We have gone to the grocery store only when absolutely needed.
Boredom can set in quickly when staying inside. Anxiety and fear can take over as the unknown becomes the main focus of the day. Television and radio reports are depressing.
Yet, through all the sadness, sickness, death and despair, there are ways to find peace and calm. There are ways to help combat the bad news on every social platform.
I hope you find interesting things to do while “social distancing”. Here are a few suggestions.
- Pray first thing in the morning and continue praying all day.
- Take a walk in the neighborhood. Enjoy God’s creations.
- Read a story to a child. Read a story to an adult.
- Find paper and pen and create handwritten notes to mail to nursing homes.
- Decorate your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Draw hearts and smiles.
- Play along with the neighborhood game of “I’m going on a bear hunt…” Place a teddy bear in your window. Then, as you are taking your walks, count the bears in the windows of other homes.
- Play a card game. Go Fish, 52 Pickup
- Write a story. Everyone has a story to tell. Now’s the time to start writing/typing.
- Place a beach/lawn chair on the edge of your yard. Wave to people walking/driving by.
- Think of neighbors, friends and/or family who may need comforting. Offer to help.
This is a small list of things to do while “social distancing”. There are many other ways to cope with this situation. We need each other even while we are apart.
What can you add to the list? Share below and let’s help each other during this time of “social distancing”.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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