Who would have thought our lives would change drastically in just a couple of weeks? Humans are not built to live alone for long periods. Being isolated for an extended period can damage your mental health and break you from the inside. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly made our social interactions much fewer, and it is normal to feel isolated; you are not alone! In this article, we shall cover some topics on how you can stay connected during the pandemic.
In this modern era of technology, staying connected with your loved ones has never been easier, as you can get in touch with just a press of a button. However, we are social beings and continually striving for social interactions. In these challenging times, we must take different measures to keep our social desires fulfilled. To stay connected with those closest to you, here are some things that you can do:
Schedule Online Calls with your Family and Friends:
The human connection is based on the concept of socializing with each other. The more we talk with one another, the more we feel connected. There is no doubt that we desire more interpersonal interaction during the pandemic while maintaining social distancing. For that reason, scheduling video calls on online platforms such as Google Meet, Zoom, or Skype can help us feel more connected to others. Of course, this method is not as good as holding the person close and talking to them, but we have to take these measures for our safety.
Play Online Multiplayer Games:
You do not need to be a pro-gamer to play online games, nor do you need a high-end gaming console or a personal computer. You can play multiplayer games on your smartphone device with your friends. The primary purpose of playing games with them is to keep the spirit of socialization and communication alive. If you are a competitive gamer and can afford such high-end games and consoles, you should schedule weekly or even monthly get-togethers to play with your friends online.
Binge Watch TV Shows with Friends:
Yes, it is possible to do “Netflix and Chill” with your friends individually from home. Several extensions are available that allow you and your friends to watch the same shows simultaneously. You can also chat with them, and video calls are also open while watching the shows to give you the feeling of watching television with your friends in the same room.
Open a Book Club with your Friends:
If you and your friends are into reading books, then opening an online book club is the best way to stay connected during the pandemic. You can have online sessions with your friends to discuss the books you are currently reading, and if you want, you can also add other people from outside your friend circle to engage in greater socialization and learn more about new books.
Check on your Neighbors
If you have neighbors, check on them regularly and help them with anything they need. You can greet them from a safe distance by taking proper precautions such as wearing a mask, keeping at least a distance of six feet, and not forgetting to sanitize your hands after socializing with them.
Hang Out in your Yard/Balcony/Outdoor Area
If your apartment or house has a lawn, a yard, balcony, swimming pool, etc., you should hang out there on a lovely warm day and not leave your house’s premises. It is an effective way to experience nature and being outside without having to go anywhere.
Wrapping it Up:
We know COVID-19 has dramatically altered our lifestyle, and we have to change our habits of living until the pandemic is over. We hope the ways mentioned above will help you relieve your loneliness. It is okay to be stressed in these difficult times but never lose hope. Play your part in the pandemic by following proper safety measures to help flatten the curve! If you are interested in connecting with online support, consider joining a group coaching session at witterwellness.com. Witter Wellness Collective provides support groups for people anywhere based on collaboration and optimization. Feel free to visit their website to see a list of our current active groups.