If you are like the majority of Americans at the moment, you may be feeling a bit claustrophobic. The COVID-19 virus has left most of us stuck indoors and working from home. Those who are clean and sober may even find themselves without their friendly local 12 step fellowship meeting and may be feeling somewhat isolated due to social-distancing. There is hope! As they say in 12-step fellowships, This Too Shall Pass.
There are many good reasons to stay inside right now, and a lot of things you can do to have fun and stay sober while doing it.
Why Social-Distancing is Important
Social Distancing may seem taxing, and may even seem a little extreme, but it’s important. It is our responsibility to try and “flatten the curve”, and social distancing helps slow the spread of the virus. Think about all of the people you come in contact with on a daily basis, and all of the people they do, and so on. The flow chart would be BIG. If we stay away from people for a little while, that flow chart will get a little smaller. The people who are most at risk for this disease are the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, and it’s important for them that we come in contact with the fewest number of people possible. This way, the fewest number of people become infected and the chance of a sick person transmitting the virus to someone immunocompromised gets smaller and smaller. Social-distancing is a small thing everyone can do for now to help those who are most vulnerable.
What to do for your Sobriety
If you are staying inside and feeling stuck or isolated from your sober community, there are a few resources at your disposal to keep you connected. If meetings in your area have been cancelled, there are TONS of Facebook groups dedicated to AA and NA support and some have online meetings you can follow along with via posts. There are also an increasing number of Zoom meetings happening in leu of in-person 12 step meetings. Zoom is an app that allows you to online chat and video-conference with up to 100 people at once, and many 12 steps meets have chosen to hold a meeting that way. Through FaceTime, you can hold a meeting with up to 30. Six people at a time can be in a live group on Facebook messenger. Don’t forget you can always call your local AA or NA clubhouse to find out more information about how to stay in touch. Remember to lean on your sponsor, your fellowship, and your literature.
What to do for Fun
There are many things to do to keep yourself healthy and occupied while social distancing! Here are a few ideas to try;
- cook something new
- read that book you’ve been too busy to pick up
- binge your favorite show
- do yoga in your living room
- try out that new facemask
- give yourself a mani-pedi
- clean out your closet
- take a luxurious bath
- practice meditating for 20 minutes a day
- facetime your friends
- write letters to your friends/family and mail them
- do a home work out from YouTube
- watch some ASMR videos
- watch a documentary
- learn some choreography
- take a walk or go on a hike
- play video games
- start a garden
- clean out your inbox
- do some deep cleaning/spring cleaning around your home
- catch up on emails
- finish any schoolwork you have pending
- set reminders to re-schedule appointments if necessary
- start a gratitude list
- write on your step work
- give the dogs a bath
- write lists of pending tasks and start checking them off as you can
Remember to stay connected. Your friends and family are probably feeling as bored as you might. Don’t forget to connect with them even from afar! If you are hoping to stay productive, here are a few ideas as well;
Take this time to relax and use social-isolating for self-care and self-love. Get things done as you can, but keep in mind the whole world is slowing down during this time so it is ok for you to as well. It’s important to remember that even if you feel lonely, you are not alone. We are all in this together!