In this crazy time of lockdowns and social distancing rules, it is vital to do our best to stay connected socially. Not being able to interact with friends, family, and co-workers, as usual, is hard for everyone. The silver lining in this situation is that many of us have a lot more time on our hands. Let’s use this time to ensure we all stay connected socially despite the distance between us. We have a few ideas for how we can all stay connected and feel linked to others through this time.
Video calls: Having a morning coffee date with your mother or best friend via skype/messenger or other video platforms is a great way to spend time with your favourite people. Set up a virtual happy hour in the evening and catch up with a friend over a glass of wine via video call. Whatever you can do to keep a connection with others will help bring a sense of normalcy to your days.
Help Out: At this time, the most important thing we can do is protect our most vulnerable from this disease. That means the elderly and immune-compromised must stay safely in their homes. We can help them do this by offering to collect their groceries for them, dropping a card in their letterbox, and also giving them a daily call to check in on them. By helping others and contributing to their wellbeing, we feel more useful and connected to our society in this challenging period.
Online forums: Many of us have forgotten these online forums still exist. But, the need to feel connected has reignited many online discussions based around interest groups. Find a forum or two where like-minded people are gathering and join in the banter. Our only caveat is to be wary of any groups sharing inaccurate or harmful information about the pandemic situation. If the group descends into the realms of weird or uncomfortable or offensive, simply leave the discussion and find another group
Connect with nature: While some of us may be limited to staying close to home, we all can take a step outside for some fresh air. Take some time each day to get outside, feel the sun on your face, listen to the birds, and perhaps feel the grass under your bare feet (for the lucky ones who still can).
Write To Someone: Now is the perfect time to reach out and reconnect with people you have lost contact with over the years. Send an email or letter to an elderly aunt or an old high school friend. Write an email to someone you know in the healthcare services, thanking them for their hard work.
Even connecting virtually can change our mood for the better. Connecting with others lets them know they are important to us, and we want them to be safe and feel supported. We all have enough time to make an effort to reach out, so let’s do it.
I get by with a little help from my friends– The Beatles