By Renée Santos

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It’s not unusual for Colleen to see deer in her front yard.

“So there is three of them right now,” she said.

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These days the sights and sounds of nature are even more soothing than what they were just a few weeks ago. She lives alone, making isolation even harder.

“My normal would be to if I get lonely, I go out and have lunch with friends something like that. All those things that I would normally do if I got lonely I can’t. I can’t even visit with my family right now,” Colleen said.

Ana Santaolalla is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She recommends starting a routine to keep your mind and body in check.

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“I think it’s just important for everybody to make time for self-care,” she explained. “I like to call it a rhythm of the day, so there is a predictable schedule. That really helps.”

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That includes physical exercise. Colleen likes to step outside, practice hula dancing and bake.

“I’m making cookies, but when I make the cookies then I eat all the cookies,” Colleen said.

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Although there aren’t any cookies to share, she is staying optimistic in this time of uncertainty letting other people just like her know, they aren’t alone.

“I’m just a positive person,” she said.

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Santaolalla also recommends staying connected with friends and family.