How to Stay Connected During COVID-19
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The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our life overnight. Staying home and practicing social distance are implemented to help reduce the outbreak of the pandemic. Many organizations and schools are closed down to reduce the effects and the spread of the pandemic. More people now work from home.
These unique situations have made us stay indoors for long hours and leading us to feel socially awkward and also it has taken a huge toll on our mental health. Human beings are social beings who need to stay socially connected. Staying socially connected with meaningful and social activities according to research shows that it enhances mental health and also enables us to battle any health issues.
Seeking ways to promote how to stay connected, how to promote our productivity and mental health should be one of our priorities during COVID-19. So, one of the steps to stay connected is by auditing our social relationships and activities by reaching out to families, friends, and associates.
Ways to Stay Connected with your family and friends during COVID-19
1. Schedule a Group chat
Scheduling a group video to chat with your family member or friend is one of the ways to stay connected. Google hangouts and other platforms offer the opportunity. Organizing a watch party where you can all watch the same movie or show at the same time, a book club where you can discuss a book, podcast, or blog, participating in facetime quizzes, participating together by watching workout online and more.
2. Group activities
Mental health can be enhanced by attending group activities like light exercises in an apartment with courtyard, singing with neighbors, and strictly following the quarantine protocols like wearing your mask, regular washing of hands with soap, and keeping a social distance.
3. Call someone
Call someone and check on them. Call family members- cousins, nephews, niece, grandparents, past associates. A simple call can make someone’s day great.
Mental health can be enhanced by participating in regular exercises with family members or friends at a safe distance. According to health officials, they encouraged regular exercise and participants should stay at a safe distance of at least 6 feet. Also, it helps to reduce chronic heart diseases and heart failure. You can call a friend or neighbor to accompany you for a walk and chat daily.
5. Check on Neighbors
You can give support by checking on your neighbors who live alone. You can check on them by keeping a distance and having regular conversations with them daily or three times a week and ensure that they are doing great. Ask them questions if you can assist them in picking up healthy snacks or fruits at the grocery store or ask them of any other support that you can render.
6. Dog Park
If you have a dog, you can spend more time visiting the dog park. You can chat with another dog owner from a distance or those you pass in the park.
7. Join a Support Group
You can volunteer to join a support group (to support people who are not socially connected during COVID).
Life has really changed for all of us. However, it doesn’t mean that we have to become socially disconnected completely. These simple ways can help you to stay connected with people around while maintaining a safe distance.
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