15 Social Distancing Activities For Young Professionals
By Jocelyn Lencki, GMC Liaison to the Manchester Young Professionals
It is important that we do our part to practice social distancing during the current state of the world. However, I like to think of it as “physical” distancing. We can still do everything in our power to flatten the curve of this pandemic while maintaining social connections – we just have to think outside the box! Thanks to good ol’ modern technology, there are resources and tools available that make the reality of physically distancing ourselves more feasible.
I know that during this time, many of us feel trapped and isolated. Trust me, as a young professional that thrives off of meeting up with my friends at my favorite local places for a bite to eat and a glass of Rose (I highly recommend The Crown Tavern), this social/physical distancing is proving to be difficult. I know there is more to it than that – there are so many variables right now that are causing feelings of anxiety, grief, fear, loss. If you’re reading this right now, please remember you are not in this alone. We are all in this together. Lean on your support system. If you don’t have one, please reach out to me. WE’VE GOT THIS!
After searching the internet for hours, and adding my own two cents, I’ve put together a list of fun activities and hobbies that you could consider exploring! Now these are recommendations based on my own perspective, time & situation. They might not be right for you, or they might the right fit to inspire you through another day.
1 Make a puzzle – somewhere in your house you have puzzles that you loved to do as a kid with your Memere! There is something about this that clears the mind and feels therapeutic.
2 Try a new in-home work out class – my favorite, Barre Life, is offering virtual classes as are many other local gyms and studios.
3 Learn TikTok dances – it’s the coolest app out there right now, not going to lie I have tried to learn a few!
4 Take a walk outdoors – fresh air is good for the soul! Just try to venture to less visited/traveled areas and maintain your distance from others.
5 Bake or a cook a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try. One of my favorites that just came out is Ina Garten’s Cosmopolitan Recipe that is currently going viral! The Food Network‘s YouTube Channel has may recipe video’s too – like Chef Michael Symon’s Daily Dinner!
6 Dive into that book you’ve been wanting to read – you know you have books that have been siting in your closet that you told yourself you would read when you have time! Bookery Manchester is also shipping out books and offering curbside pick-up!
7 Organize a room in your house/apartment/living space – now might be the time to give the “KonMarie,” philosophy that everyone’s been talking about, a try! Does it spark joy?
8 Order some paint by numbers or a tie dye kit.
9 Re-plant your house plants – or order yourself some from Apotheca to brighten up your Work From Home space!
10 Start to journal; for those who suffer from anxiety this is a great way to get your worries down on paper and get them out of your head! Shine is my favorite resource right now if you’re dealing with COVID-19 related anxiety.
11 Schedule some group video chats/dates/happy hours with your friends and family. While you’re at it order beer ahead of time from Great North Aleworks!
12 Spread out your chores – Monday clean the kitchen, Tuesday clean the bathroom etc….
13 Sort through your closet! After things settle down, donate clothes to your local thrift store. One of my favorite places to donate it FIT/Outfitters on Second Street in Manchester.
14 Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile to catch up.
15 Do something to give back. It might sound difficult when you can’t physically be somewhere, but there are ways! Order takeout/delivery from your favorite local restaurant, that is likely struggling to stay open right now. Donate supplies to local hospitals. Put a sign in your yard thanking essential workers. Leave a note of encouragement for your delivery driver. If you are feeling the pull to help, reach out to me at JocelynL@manchester-chamber.org. I would be happy to make some suggestions or connect you with a local non-profit or business. The BEST thing you can do for everyone, including yourself? STAY HOME.