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Maintaining Social Connection While Social Distancing

Maintaining Social Connection During Covid

This pandemic has been a long road for everybody.

It’s now been about ten months and we are in the middle of winter with numbers rising. Vaccines are starting to be given but we still have a ways to go before our collective exhale and a return to more normal living. I’ve talked to friends, family and clients and across the board people are feeling isolated and disconnected. We are all longing for warmer weather and being outside again with people. 

Humans are social creatures, it’s a real biological need.

It is so important right now to maintain our social connections to friends and family. I know I’m feeling it, I want to hug my friends and family and sit with them face to face to talk and just hang out, be together. Studies have shown that social connection can strengthen our immune system, improve mood and physical health. It is as important to our overall health as diet and exercise.

Here are some reminders of ways to stay connected while socially distancing: 

  • Bundle up and sit outside (sit in the sun for warmth and vitamin D, bring a space heater outside, use a fire pit)-even if just for 30-60 minutes, being physically with somebody can improve mood and lessen isolation
  • Online game nights with a platform such as jack in the box
  • Watch a movie with friends/family-several of the streaming services offer watch parties
  • Learn a new skill with a friend-maybe you both watch videos on learning to knit and then practice together on FaceTime
  • Pick a book you and your friends will read and have a virtual book club
  • Virtual presentation parties-each person picks a topic to do a presentation about
  • Be in nature-we feel less alone and isolated when in nature-it connects us to something bigger than ourselves-even a few minutes can help
  • Text, phone call and video chat often!

These are just some ideas to get you started, it’s important to make the effort to stay connected right now. If you could use some support to find ways to stay socially connected, feel free to contact me.

Be well.

Kathy Most
Therapist in Westfield, NJ
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