Words To Help You Cope With Social Distancing

No matter where you live, we’re all feeling the impacts of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have been stuck inside for weeks, either by themselves or with kids, significant others, or their pets. Others are essential workers, making huge sacrifices and showing great courage out on the front lines every day. Whether you’re feeling anxious, lonely, exhausted, or somewhere in between, the one thing we all have in common is that we are in this together.

At Thesaurus.com, we believe in the power of words. We know that they open doors and open minds. We know they are vital in making connections that can improve your mental health.

Words help us tell our friends and family members how we are feeling.

That’s powerful, potent, impressive.

Now we want to hear your words.

We’re using #MySocialDistancingWords to start a conversation about our reasons for staying in, the things people are facing each day, and, yes, also all about the the good things we’re holding onto as inspiration to get through it all.

So far, we’ve heard from people with so many kinds of stories. Thesaurus.com user Stephanie Wong tells us her social distancing words are relax, inform, move, and love. “What we need is more love in the world,” she explains. “This is not a Chinese virus. We will not be stuck indoors forever. More love, less hate.”

Erin Mast submitted words chosen by her son who has autism. “He says boring because we are in an RV and pretty isolated, so he has limited internet connection,” she explains. “He also says hard because it is very different from before coronavirus. Lastly, he says family because his family is fun.”

Now we want to hear your words. Are you inspired? Are you tired? Are you struggling? Are you rising?

To share your words:

  1. Snap a selfie displaying your words.
  2. In the caption, tell us why you chose them, and use the hashtag #MySocialDistancingWords.
  3. Upload the photo to Instagram, and tag @thesaurus_com. Note: Thesaurus.com may reshare your images on our branded social media accounts.

Let’s start the conversation about social distancing and the words that can help you make sense of this time. Share your #MySocialDistancingWords, and let everyone who is anxious, bored, exhausted, and everything in between know they are not alone.


If you or someone in your life is struggling with their mental health right now, you are not alone. The toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open at all times for you to call at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

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