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8 Ways to Feel Joy and Find Support While Social Distancing

8 Ways to Feel Joy and Find Support While Social Distancing

Social distancing (which is critical) does not mean emotional distancing. Staying connected with friends, meditating, allowing yourself to feel gratitude, and moving around are a few things that can buoy us in times of uncertainty. Also, a vibrator for self-pleasure, because why not?

(For more on how to stay present and what it means to have a balanced immune system, listen to our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen, interview Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel in a special episode of The goop Podcast.)

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    CREATE YOUR SPACE

    So your home has now turned into your office, gym, restaurant, and bar. An upside: ten-second walk to the kitchen. A downside: plenty of distractions. If you’re new to the work-from-home life, see how nine creative professionals arrange their home and work space. Their advice? It can be functional, and it can also be a sanctuary. A good diffuser, incense, or candles can help transform the energy of a room. This box of incense has five scents to choose from—pick a new scent for each room, or get real fancy and mark different hours of the day.

    And if you’re staring into a screen much more than usual (one editor’s screen time was up 160 percent this past week), a pair of blue-light-filtering glasses wouldn’t hurt.


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  3. And if you’re staring into a screen much more than usual (one editor’s screen time was up 160 percent this past week), a pair of blue-light-filtering glasses wouldn’t hurt.


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    MOVE YOUR BODY

    Working out and getting fresh air are both generally good for bolstering your immune system and overall well-being. If you can, try a quick lap around the block, or hit play on a new streaming workout.

    Don’t forget to stretch and take some deep breaths—this self-massage kit hits hard-to-reach spots and doubles as exercise and balancing tools (body alignment specialist Lauren Roxburgh recorded videos for us on how to use them).


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  3. Don’t forget to stretch and take some deep breaths—this self-massage kit hits hard-to-reach spots and doubles as exercise and balancing tools (body alignment specialist Lauren Roxburgh recorded videos for us on how to use them).


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    STAY CONNECTED

    What we can’t afford to lose sight of: We’re all connected and in it together. The CDC suggests talking with people you love and trust about how you’re feeling to help you cope with stress and, in turn, deepen your friendships and strengthen your community.

    If you can’t see your therapist in person, reach out and do a phone session or a video call. Send digital acts of kindness when you can (we’re also loving virtual happy hours with friends). And while it’s important to stay informed, set boundaries with how much news you consume. The World Health Organization recommends that people try checking for information at specific times during the day that you set for yourself, for example, twice a day.

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    TAKE A BREAK

    Scheduling time for activities such as reading and meditating can add some joy to your day. Set up a meditative space to retreat to and play a virtual sound bath. Reiki master and sound healer Susy Markoe Schieffelin of the Copper Vessel is holding a series of online sound baths over the next few weeks while people are social distancing.


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    BRIGHTEN UP

    A lot of time spent indoors can deprive us of the mood- and energy-boosting effects of sunlight. And if you’re adjusting to a different routine or your circadian rhythm is thrown off, this light-therapy lamp with four brightness levels might help.


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    SOLO TIME

    Get in touch with yourself. Pleasure teacher Isabella Frappier gave us tips on guided solo practices and how to create satisfying, intimate moments for ourselves. Now seems like a good time to practice.


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    CREATE CHANGE

    No one can or needs to be positive all the time. When you want a lift, though, consider flipping through this deck of cards created by Deepika Chopra, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology. It’s a playful way to help change your mindset to cultivate positive thinking and emotional resilience.


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    EMPOWER YOURSELF

    Things feel uncertain (they are). Act on what you can control. Getting involved or engaging on a local level (through your community or peer to peer) can boost your mood and make an impact. The WHO suggests checking in on neighbors and offering childcare for health care workers if you are able. And there are plenty of other ways to help: We created a guide on how to support kids, seniors, and vulnerable communities.


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