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Be the Best You Can Be…Despite COVID-19 (Intern)

**By Michael Coles, 2020 Summer Intern from Baldwin Wallace University**

Summer of 2020 has caused a whirlwind of emotions globally. Many of us are wondering what the new normal will be, and government officials continue guiding communities in efforts to keep individuals safe from the effects of the COVID-19  pandemic. Many individuals had never used the term “social distancing,” a term now used in everyday conversation as we are forced to stay 6 feet or more away from our friends and loved ones. But social distancing doesn’t have to distract from living a productive, healthy life, with great activities! 

Try these 4 tips that can keep you energized, focused, and productive during your social distancing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020!

1) Exercise

Physical activity is a great way to keep your body and immune system strong to fight off infection. Exercising can be done without even leaving your home. There are various cardio activities that you can do including:

  • Doing Jumping Jacks This fun exercise can be done with children and is a great way to promote cardio (heart) health. When you safely increase your heart rate, you are strengthening the heart muscle, preventing high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Practice Yoga Techniques Yoga is a form of meditation that focuses on strength, agility, and breathing technique within the human body. Agility is important because with lack of exercising and increasing muscle strength, muscles can become restricted and prone to not having full range of movement. Yoga can be practiced anywhere: within your home, whether it be your bedroom, living room, or out in your yard on a peaceful patio. 
  • Stairwell Exercising With this exercise you can have a great time (as long as your family isn’t fast asleep.) Stairs aren’t just for walking upward anymore, they can be used to climb and run. Grab a timer or your mobile device and time how quickly you can climb up and down a stairwell. Try going as fast as you can and try to beat your record time. With this exercise, you are strengthening your heart, as well as your hamstring and calf muscles, while also strengthening your ankle support. Who knew that stairwells could help in so many different ways?

Check out more great Home Workouts.

2) Get Organized

Organization is a primary way to reduce  stress in your everyday life. With individuals working from home and in social isolation, this is the perfect time to tackle all of the leftover projects that you were looking forward to accomplishing (besides getting your HSE at Seeds!)

  • Donate old clothing According to, online shopping has been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States alone has experienced an increase of 26% in clothing purchases with a leading percentage of 31% with delivery and take-out food options compared to the UK. A great way to make room in your closet is to donate. Try looking for items that you haven’t worn in 2 years or more. Ask yourself “Does it bring me joy, or does it bring me clutter?” You’ll be surprised at the end how much you accumulate with time and how much isn’t needed. For all the items that bring you clutter, bag them and send them to your local thrift store, such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, Saver’s Thrift Store, or Volunteers of America Thrift Store. You’ll be surprised at the new found space in your closet for new purchases.
  • Donate books to Seeds The gift of reading is great when we share it with others. This summer, try looking at your book collection at home. Make two piles for keep and donate. After making piles, box them up and donate them to Seeds. Every time you share a book, you are fighting illiteracy.
  • Organize your bedroom Your sleeping space should be an area where you can relax and destress your mind. One of the best things about organization is the variety of storage items available. For example to create more space, try purchasing “underbed totes”. These boxes will give you spacing to store socks, tee shirts, and so much more.

To try techniques for folding shirts, check out this video:

3) Try New Recipes

Learning to cook has many benefits including: saving money, promoting creativity, and most importantly, having fun! Cooking doesn’t mean you have to be the next Gordon Ramsey or Emeril, it just shows that you really want to enjoy a tasty meal. Try these great websites and mobile applications for some tasty recipe ideas.

You’ll love sharing your new food creations with all your friends and family. HAVE FUN!

4) Welcome Restful Sleep

Sleep is the most important component to being the best you can be. On average, humans need an average of 8-9 hours to be fully alert for the tasks of the everyday routine. Try these great tips to give yourself a nice, sound, restful sleep.

  • Try relaxing in bed, 30 minutes before bedtime. Get comfortable. To calm your mind, focus on mindful breathing.
  • Reflect and think of the positives that happened during the day. Focusing on positive thoughts will keep you calm and relaxed.
  • Don’t dwell on the tasks of the upcoming day. Stress can be heightened when you think of tasks that have yet to be accomplished. Just relax and think of the task at hand, which is great sleep.

Hopefully these tips will help you to maintain a productive routine during these uncertain times!

### Michael Coles, 2020 Summer Intern, Baldwin Wallace University