Feeling cooped up and a bit isolated? Here's how to stay connected
even from home.
Humans are social beings. So when we're told to stay at home and keep
away from other people, it's natural that we find it hard to do. But
just because you're physically distant from friends and family doesn't
mean you can't stay connected. In fact, doing so is a key factor in
maintaining your mental health.
Here are 5 ways to stay connected while being apart:
Reach out and keep talking – Whether you call, text, email or use apps that allow you to see
your family and friends, now is as good a time as ever to stay connected
and keep the conversation going. It's also the perfect opportunity
to reconnect with people who you may have been "too busy" to
keep up with lately.
Organize "meet-ups" – You can't meet at the coffee shop or the gym these days, but
you can host a virtual meet up to keep people together. Many people use
FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and other technology to see their favorite people
while stuck at home. Set up a virtual happy hour with friends. Play online
games while chatting and laughing. Organize a virtual book club. There
are numerous ways to create virtual togetherness – and many companies
are making it easier than ever for you to do so.
Join a new group – Joining an online group connected to something that interests you
is a great way to meet new virtual friends. For example, if you sew, hospitals
are asking people to sew masks and you can join a group for sewing enthusiasts
who share your desire to help. Like to work out? Many gyms are offering
virtual classes as well as private Facebook groups where members can post
photos and videos and give each other virtual high-fives
Take an online class – Not only is now the perfect opportunity to learn something new
or brush up on old skills, but most online classes are set up to encourage
discussion and communication among students so you can chat away about
the course and get to know one another.
Embrace social media – While there may be downsides to social media, it's a way to
stay connected to people in your life you can't temporarily see. Use
social media wisely to stay in touch, see photos of people you know and
enjoy some funny memes and videos. But don't rely on social media
as your only way of "communicating" with the outside world –
and if you find that what you see makes you more anxious than happy, take
a social media break.