The COVID-19 outbreak has instituted new daily habits for everyone I know, whether you are like me and mandated to stay home and or you are like my friend Melissa, in the medical field, working longer, harder hours than before to keep us safe. Either way, we are all restricted in our ability to physically connect with one another.
These restrictions may exacerbate an already growing problem for us and/or our loved ones: social isolation. Social isolation can (but does not have to) lead to loneliness. I believe limiting physical interaction does not mean stopping all social interaction, in fact I have seen some people around me building up their social game in the last couple of weeks. I want to share with you a few ways my friends are becoming more connected than before.
- Do an online workout. Choose from one of the thousands of fitness routines available on YouTube or from a local fitness instructor and work out together, but in separate locations, with your exercise buddy. I have been touring all sorts of scenic places around the world, by watching youtube videos while I run on the treadmill too!
- Read a book to a niece or nephew or neighborhood kid via video chat. I saw someone in the community doing a virtual book reading – it was such a great gesture.
- Have a virtual house party by downloading the house party app and adding your friends. It is great fun and you can play trivia games together. My friend Meredith and I can really get the giggles over stuff like this!
- Volunteer online. This is a great way to do good for others right from your home. Options include supporting projects at the United Nations, assisting the Smithsonian Institution, or helping people in need at the Crisis Text Line.
- Host a virtual get-together. If you can’t meet your friends in person move the gathering online via a group video chat. There are TONS of platforms to use – pick your favorite. My friends are meeting Thursdays at 4:30 (like in college) and doing a virtual happy hour – loving it! Plus we are keeping our local wine shop in business. #winning
- Teach others your skills. If you’ve been waiting to show the world your special talents, now’s your chance. Use your phone to create short teaching videos and post these online. Maybe you will be the next Martha Stewart or Tim the Toolman with your mad skills!
- Writing letters: I have attached a copy of a letter and photo that a friend sent me this week. oooh, this warmed my sweet heart! Thanks Misty!
As all the commercials on television have said this week.. Apart, we are in this together. If you have other suggestions for how we can do this crazy life together – while separated – leave me a post!