Staying Busy – and Connected – While Social Distancing

Mar 25, 2020

join the convoWhether you’re an extrovert always looking for ways to enjoy time with others or more of a homebody who likes their private time to re-energize, the switch to social distancing can be a tough adjustment. The balance between enjoying the added quiet time and running out of ways to keep yourself busy can be difficult to maintain. Thanks to modern technology, there are countless ways to stay busy – and connected – while dealing with social distancing. 

Link is Phi Kappa Phi's exclusive, members-only community where you can share ideas, discuss interesting topics, post questions, search for and connect with other members, and more. And what better time to make use of a virtual community than now! One of the latest discussions in the community features members sharing how they are staying busy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some tips from fellow members on how to stay active while social distancing:

“The Society recently shared a great article from on Facebook announcing that the Metropolitan Opera will be streaming operas for free! If you enjoy the opera, this is a great way to occupy time while we’re all practicing social distancing.” – Melony Shemberger, Murray State University

“Within this 'shelter in place,' my main focus right now is my sketch book. I try to find one thing that had made me feel happy within the day and write a small description about it below the drawing. Looking back on my entries makes me feel good!” – Jacqueline Juarez, San Jose State University

“My suggestion is to keep your normal schedule as much as possible. When it is not work time, take advantage of family time. Read, play games, and communicate with older relatives who do not live near you.” – Deborah Daniels Calhoun, Nova Southeastern University

“I am at home with a first grader and we have been exercising and re-organizing the house to keep busy. I encourage everyone that is self-quarantined to take this time to catch up on everything that you have been putting off!” – Naomi James, Jacksonville University

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