05/18/2020|Inside Verizon

Mental fitness-ing while solo distancing.

By: Chris Serico
Manager - Employee Communications

Chris and Erin share the ups and downs of living solo during a pandemic.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want to recognize all of those who are practicing extreme social-distancing, a.k.a. living alone. Being on your own during a pandemic involves a unique set of challenges, including feelings of loneliness, deafening silence and endless chores.

So what can be done?

First of all, it’s okay to admit to friends and colleagues if you are feeling depressed or emotionally drained. Saying you’re struggling does not mean you aren’t grateful to be healthy and home. And taking a few moments to unplug does not mean you don’t care about your job.

One way to improve your mood is through exercise. We can get our Daily Dose of physical fitness on Verizon’s social channels. Our coaches have been working out their creative muscles with tips for improving your physical and mental well-being, including everything from getting better sleep to safely exercising outdoors.

Even if you’re home alone, there are many ways to connect with friends and loved ones.

You can try things like a social video game, a virtual workout dance party, or simply making a phone call.

Up To Speed Live offers Wellness Fridays, including recent mental health-related discussions with Deepak Chopra and psychologist and best-selling author Kelly McGonigal, which you can access via VZWeb or The Street for the Verizon Media team.

Speaking of Deepak, he’s slated to participate in Verizon Media’s Reset Your Mindset series, featuring live-streamed wellness discussions with entertainment, health and business thought-leaders. It kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT on Wednesday, May 20 on Yahoo Life, and continues at the same time on Wednesday, May 27 on Yahoo Finance. It’s the latest wellness initiative from Verizon Media, which has donated $10 million toward mental-health causes and public-health resources relating to the coronavirus.

Those are some tips and strategies from us. Now it’s your turn. What are your mental health-boosting hobbies and routines? Send your photos and videos to good@verizon.com and we may share them on a Verizon platform in the near future.

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About the author:

Chris is a member of the Verizon Public Relations team and a contributor to Up To Speed. When he's not singing a cappella or quoting vintage episodes of "The Simpsons," please give him all your burgers.

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