This is a strange time to be alive. We are being asked to stay home and to social distance ourselves from anyone who does not live in our homes. It is so important for us to follow these protocols. The sooner we slow the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can get on with our lives. The downside of social distancing, however is a feeling of loneliness and a feeling of disconnection.
Over the past week I have worked proactively to remedy any feelings of disconnection I was having. I know that in order to keep my mental health in a good state, I need to be proactive. Here are a few things that I have been doing:
1.) Make a list of people to stay in touch with. Seriously. This feels a little silly, but without a list you may be forgetting important people that you would like to be interacting with. I also made a plan as to how often I plan to contact these people.
2.) Text your friends. Ask them how they are doing. Send a funny meme or tell them something about your day.
3.) Call your Grandparents. If your grandparents are not tech-savvy, pick up the phone and call them. Ask them how they are doing and tell them what you have been up to.
4.) Move your book club or meeting to Zoom I run a Harry Potter book club locally and COVID-19 means that we can't get together anymore. I emailed everyone and they were game to use Zoom for our meetings. We had our first one on Monday and it went really well! The app works great and we all got to socialize from a safe distance.
5.) Have video message coffee dates. I planned coffee with a good friend this week. We both made ourselves a cup of coffee and then called each other on video chat (we used WhatsApp). It was wonderful to see my friend and have coffee with her in real time.
These times are certainly strange and tough. The good news is that we can do this. We can social distance while maintaining connections. How are you staying connected during this time of social distancing?