How to Thrive & Not Just Survive


May marks Mental Health Awareness month with yet more social distancing in place across the country. Looking after yours and other’s mental health wellbeing is even more vital as social distancing takes it toll on our nation. The Event Solutions’ team wants to be part of the solution (#BePartofTheSolution) and have put together some resources on how you can not just survive, but THRIVE during the Shelter-in-Place orders. There are so many ways to stay busy during the last few weeks of the Shelter-in-Place orders. Below are some ideas for fun and creative ways to stay occupied at home or while practicing social distancing.

Safe Things You Can Do:

  • Call A Family Member
  • Renew a Friendship
  • Create with Legos
  • Re-Read a Book
  • Make a Paper Hat
  • Garden for Bees
  • Splash in Cool Water
  • Clean Out a Closet
  • Organize a Shelf
  • Netflix and Chill
  • Go Through Winter Clothes
  • Help a Person in Need
  • Sing Along Party
  • Build a Fort
  • Play a Card Game
  • Write a Family Tree
  • Start a Recycle Plan
  • Plan a Future Event/Party
  • Water Balloon Fight
  • Thank a Delivery Worker
  • Make a Card
  • Create a New Game
  • Scrapbook
  • Play Charades
  • Try a New Hairdo
  • Create a Vision Board
  • Backyard Camping
  • Trivia Night
  • Dance Party
  • Stargazing
  • Create a New Recipe
  • Puzzle Time
  • Create a Craft
  • Bake Cookies
  • Paper Airplanes
  • Play “I Spy”
  • Go for a Walk
  • Have a Picnic
  • Write a Letter

Distance is Not the Same Thing As Isolation

While we are practicing social distancing, please remember distance is not the same thing as isolation. Please reach out to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and those around you while maintaining at least 6 feet apart. If you or someone you know need help, please reach out. You can find resources at

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Feeling some occasional anxiety or depression is normal during trying times like these, but if these feelings are chronic and interfere with your day-to-day you should seek professional help. Symptoms of anxiety and depression include:

  • Excessive Worry
  • Fight or Flight
  • Agitation
  • Irritable
  • Restlessness
  • Diet Changes
  • Lack of Interest
  • Insomnia and Sleep Issues
  • Fatigue
  • OCD Type Behavior
  • Issues Concentrating
  • Isolation
  • Tense Feeling
  • Hopelessness
  • Development of Phobias/Paranoia
  • Sadness and/or Guilt
  • Panic Attacks
  • Racing Heart
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Excessive Crying

Natural Ways to Beat Anxiety & Depression

Keeping busy is one part. If you find anxiety and depression creeping up on you, there are some natural ways to beat it back. If your feelings are chronic and/or interfering with your everyday life, please contact a professional for treatment. Sources for below suggestions are WebMD, Healthline, Healthline2, Psychology Today and MayoClinic.

  • Keep a Routine
  • Stay Busy
  • Get Sunshine
  • Set a Goal
  • Build Endorphins Through Exercise
  • Cook Healthy Recipes
  • Find Ways to Relax (See Things to Do Above)
  • Keep a Journal
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Music and Aromatherapy
  • This Too Will Pass Mindset
  • Get Appropriate Amounts of Sleep
  • Call Your Mom
  • Call a Friend/Family Member
  • Do Good, Feel Good
  • Create/View Art
  • Watch/Read Something Funny
  • Deep Breathing
  • Spot 5 Things with All 5 Senses
  • Challenge the Negative
  • Try Something New
  • Play/Have Fun
  • Clean/Be Productive
  • Reward Yourself
  • Look Ahead
  • Plan Something in the Future
  • Join a Group
  • Tree Bathing
  • Write a Gratitude List
  • Post It Compliments
  • Thank Someone
  • Connect with Someone
  • Vent
  • Dress Up
  • Pamper Yourself
  • Eat Chocolate (in moderation)
  • Drink Chamomile Tea

What Not to Do

In order to avoid triggering anxiety, depression, and paranoia – the WHO recommends limiting your intake of the news to once a day.  Here is a list of things to avoid to help your mental health.

  • Limit News
  • Limit Caffeine
  • Don’t Drink Alcohol
  • Fight the Wish to Isolate
  • Avoid Waddling
  • Everything in Moderation
  • Avoid Unrealistic Goals
  • Don’t Listen to the Negative
  • Avoid Too Much Sugar
  • “Diet” and “Light” Products
  • Highly Processed Foods
  • Energy Drinks
  • Giving into OCD Tenancies
  • Excessive Sleep
  • Taking on Too Much, Too Fast

Be Part of the Solution

If you or someone you know is having a hard time keeping their mental health in check, please reach out. There are a number of resources available to help fight addition and sustenance abuse, depression, anxiety, and even fun/safe ways to pass this Shelter-at-Home time.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.