This is a difficult time for everyone, and when you have hearing loss, social distancing can have some added challenges due to new communication barriers. Although you may do your best to stay socially engaged, social distancing yourself can seem like a difficult task. During this constantly changing time, it’s important to take care of your overall well-being by forming a routine to keep your body and your brain healthy.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is when you physically distance yourself from other people in order to prevent the spread of a contagious disease. Many people are encouraged to practice social distancing right now to stop the spread, or to at least lessen the impact, of COVID-19.
To keep yourself active and healthy during this new and challenging time, one of the best remedies is to create a schedule or routine that will keep both your brain and body active. Follow the tips below to help pass the time while social distancing and to keep feelings of depression at bay.
Create a routine. Even though you may be used to a specific routine, it’s helpful to create a new routine while social distancing. Set aside specific times to get work done, clean, eat, and exercise. This will help your day have structure and can keep you from developing feelings of depression. During this time it’s also helpful to schedule a specific time to relax or destress. It’s healthy to preoccupy your mind and decompress.
Stay connected with your family and friends. Although you can’t go outside and catch up with those close to you, there are still ways to stay connected. Calling your family or friends and talking over the phone can be a great way to stay connected. If your hearing loss makes it difficult to have phone conversations, try using a captioned phone which displays the text. A video chat service like FaceTime or Skype can also be helpful because you can see your loved ones faces and rely on visual cues.
Keep physically active. Exercising is a great way to help you feel your best and is good for your overall health. There are plenty of free exercise videos you can find online that will get your heart rate up and keep you moving. Even just walking around the block or walking up and down the stairs a few times can help you feel better and fight feelings of loneliness.
Learn something new. Now is the perfect times to pick up a new hobby or skill. If you ever wanted to learn a second language or how to knit, now is the time. There are many apps and online resources for free that can help you learn a new skill. Try scheduling time into each day and make learning something new a part of your routine. This will keep your brain active and healthy.
Prepare an emergency plan. It’s important to have a plan in case of an emergency. Being prepared is the best way to ensure you have everything you need during this time of social distancing. Make sure you have enough food in your house, and supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, and soap. If you don’t have rechargeable hearing aids you should also check to make sure you have enough batteries. If you are unable to get out of the house or you are concerned about your health, have a loved one go shopping for you.
Doing your part and social distancing is important to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Although this may seem challenging, there are many ways you can keep your body and mind busy during this time. Stay connected with those you love through phone calls or video chats, and be sure to stick to a routine that is good for both your body and your mind. In the meantime, if you experience any issues with your hearing aids, you should reach out to your hearing specialist. They will be happy to talk with you and help you anyway they can.