With Covid-19 going strong, there is a new normal that has arrived. We will talk about a few ways to help us to stay social while social distancing.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, health experts have asked us to social distance, keeping at least 6 feet apart from one another and to stay home as much as possible. This helps to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of Covid-19.
For some people, social distancing from others can be tough. If you are an extrovert, being social is as necessary as food or water. But for an introvert, someone who enjoys time alone, this may be an easier task to accomplish.
Whether an extrovert or an introvert, we all need human contact. Connections with others promote wellness and are essential for good health, especially when you are presented with a situation that can cause anxiety.
To get through social distancing, we need to maintain our social and emotional support. Social media has bever been more important for providing a human connection.
Being Social Without Breaking the Rules
1. Group Chats
Since you can’t see all of the people that you would like to, why not start a group chat? Group chats are a great and easy way to stay connected with friends and family. You can share updates on quarantine life, share encouragement, and offer support where needed.
2. Video Conferencing
Why not suggest to your friends or family have a video dinner together? You can decide together what to make, then you all cook the same meal and video chat while you eat. Making the same meal will make it feel like you are actually eating together.
You can also play games digitally. Some video conferencing apps allow you to screen your share, this enables you to play a game together. There are also some apps that you can download to your smartphone and play together even if you’re actually not together.
There are many good video conferencing apps to use.
- WhatsApp Video
- Facebook Messenger Video
- Microsoft Teams
Any of those apps will allow you to feel close to your friends and family.
3. Go Out In Nature
Because we have to social distance, it doesn’t mean we can’t be out in nature. Take a walk. Go look at the trees, and the pretty flowers. Stay safe and take precautions, but enjoy nature. Sit on your lawn or balcony, take in the sun. A little time in nature will be sure to brighten your day.
4. Make A Phone Call
Yes, you read that right, make a phone call. We live in an age where phoning people is weird! “Why would I call them? I’ll just text them instead.” This may seem old school, but sometimes old school does the trick. Texting can be so impersonal and hearing someone’s voice and tone can make all the difference. It can be enough to boost your spirits and theirs.
5. Reconnect With Your Family
Some of us may be social distancing alone, others will be with a roommate, or family. If you are social distancing with someone else, take this time to reconnect. Plan days to spend together doing the same tasks. Maybe there are some things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. Well, now you have the time! Make a list and accomplish them.
- Cook and eat dinner together
- Play board games
- Play videogames together
- Be active together (go for a walk, or do an exercise video together)
- Plant a garden
- Take a drive
Whatever it may be, do it together. This will help make the time more enjoyable, and draw you closer together.
We have talked about only 5 ways to help you to stay social while social distancing. There are many other things you can do. But, try these 5 things.
Maybe you are also working from home. There are pros and cons. There are more distractions working from home. How can you stay focused working from home? Check out our latest blog that explains that! Click here to read.
We don’t know when we will be able to spend time with each other again. But let’s take advantage of this time we do have right now. It may not be the ideal way to see each other, but at least we can still spend time together. Think of all the things you can do, not the things you cant.