by: Shekeitha L. Jeffries, Assistant Director of Student Life
Our current crisis has forced many individuals to embrace their new normal, which includes social distancing. In an article published by Johns Hopkins HUB, “Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.”
Outlined below are a few activities, that can help you stay social while distancing from others. These suggestions can help relieve stress, decrease anxiety and help you have fun – while engaging with others!
- CONNECT WITH LOVED ONES: Foster your relationships and reach out to your loved ones daily, by calling to check in and say hello. You can connect with your loved ones via video chat using WhatsApp or Google Hangouts to see their beautiful faces or send free e-greeting cards to let them know, they’re in your thoughts.
- JOIN A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB: Is there a book that you’ve wanting to read? Want to make new friends? Consider joining a virtual book club and get carried away with a good book! Try searching Facebook or Goodreads for virtual book clubs or start your own using bookmovement.com.
- DISCOVER A NEW PODCAST: Tackle the fourth term, with a little pick-me-up, by exploring new podcasts. According to Forbes, podcasts are perfect for those with busy lives, because they provide bite-sized content that can be educational and entertaining. To help lift your spirits, check out the Good Life Project podcast for inspiration from: Brene Brown, Kyle Carpenter, Sophia Chang, plus more. For more podcast recommendations, click here.
- ATTEND A VIRTUAL PARTY: This past weekend, celebrity DJ D-Nice, hosted a free nine-hour, virtual party. The party took place via Instagram LIVE with over 100K viewers, including Michelle Obama, Lenny Kravitz, Halle Berry, Mark Zuckerberg and other celebrities – who danced the night away, from the comfort of their own homes. According to The New Yorker, this event was “part dance party, part social-media therapy, and a health-policy initiative.” Find your next virtual dance party, by searching Facebook, Instagram or another social media platform.
For additional ideas, to help you remain social while distancing, please click here.
As a graduate student, this may be a difficult time in your life, as you navigate the evolving crisis, strive to complete your studies remotely and adjust to social distancing. You are not alone in your efforts, and the JHSPH community is here to support you. Please be sure to reach out to your professors, TA’s as well as the Office of Student Life for support.