Creative ways to self-isolate

Posted at 11:03 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 23:03:17-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — While Americans are advised to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, many people are getting creative with how they spend their time indoors.

Millions are turning to TikTok to participate in dance challenges, and Instagram for exercise competitions. And about 100,000 people tuned into #ClubQuarantine hosted by “DJ D-Nice’ on Instagram Live.

If dancing or TikTok isn’t your thing, Holley Rauen of Fort Myers has a more calming approach to ease your coronavirus-related stress.

“I start my day with meditation, I go for a half hour walk, then I do a yoga class.,” she said.

Rauen is not a yoga instructor, but she shared a few breathing exercises and yoga positions with Fox 4.

She’s been isolating longer than most in the U.S. That’s because she was on the Westerdam cruise touring Asia last month when someone tested positive for COVID-19. She said yoga eased a lot of the tension as passengers waited for their test results.

“You could feel our whole ship got really calm,” she said.

She tested negative for the virus, but decided to stay in the house just in case.

Rauen said even if you don’t do yoga, one simple exercise can help everyone during these uncertain times.

“If we would all stop and do some deep breathing, even for five minutes everyday. If all of us would do that, we would be a lot calmer,” she said.

Yoga Bird in Fort Myers is offering free online classes during the pandemic. Even though a lot of places are closed in Southwest Florida, if you don’t have COVID-19, you’re not confined to your house. So, you can always get some fresh air as long as you stay six feet away from other people.