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An Extrovert’s Survival Guide to Social-Distancing

Are you cooped up indoors not because you have coronavirus, but because you don’t want to get it? Here are 10 ways to still feel happy.

  1. Make errands a party. We all have to buy stuff, right? Well, make your errand an occasion to celebrate. Today, I went to ULTA to get shampoo and conditioner with my three sisters. We blasted music, ate snacks, and had a mini party in the car. And then got the shampoo.
  2. Try home workouts or outdoor workouts. I’m an avid gym goer, and I usually see my trips to LA fitness as a form of socializing. Today, instead of going to my favorite kickboxing class, I went for a jog. Rain drops were my only company. No one was outside, and I got my exercise in a new way.
  3. Start spring-cleaning. No one likes it, but we all do it. Somehow, I was blessed with a step-sister who enjoys cleaning. We spent around 30 minutes on my room, and now it’s well ordered.
  4. Spend time with family. And try not to go insane.
  5. Read, or re-read, something you love. You know those books that you can read a thousand times and still gain something new from? I love those. I spent time with some of my favorite ‘comfort reads’ (Why Men Love Bitches and How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big).
  6. Call Friends. One of my best friends likes talking on the phone, but not everyone does. Calls are a good way to replace social interaction for the time being.
  7. Learn to Cook. Some people already know how. I am learning to cook, and maybe this long quarantine will make me good at it. I have plans to bake with 1/3 sisters tomorrow (the other two are scared of me burning down the kitchen, and rightfully so).
  8. Sell stuff online. Make a Poshmark or a Depop account. I have a Poshmark account under the name @veravintage, and I love it. This is a good time to go through your stuff and figure out which item can go to a better home.
  9. Look for a better job. As Scott Adams says: “Your job is to always look for a better job”. I have two part-time jobs, but I am looking for something a little different. Even if you love your job, you never know what’s out there. I have an interview on Wednesday that I’ll do on Skype instead of in-person.
  10. Look for scholarships. This one is only applicable to students, but I’m surprised that more people aren’t doing it!

Sure, COVID-19 may control what you do, but it doesn’t control how you do it. If you keep enjoying life as usual, then nothing will get you down.


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2 thoughts on “An Extrovert’s Survival Guide to Social-Distancing

  1. Very informative and good intentions, always thinking how to improve , joy to read your thoughts, written with respect, care and friendliness.


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