Staying Connected in an Age of Social Distancing
The measures that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have radically changed our daily lives in a matter of a few weeks. We have to protect ourselves and those around us, but the social distancing that is key to the plan can also be quite stressful. Suddenly, we can no longer enjoy a night out at a restaurant and a movie, drop by to see friends and family members, or attend church. It’s easy to feel isolated, lonely and anxious.
Fortunately, there are ways you can stay connected with the people you love while keeping the rules of social distancing. Here are some ideas:
- Talk with your friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors often. Fortunately, we live in an era of technology that helps us stay connected. If you’re feeling low or stressed, pick up your phone and call someone. Better yet, have a video chat on your phone or on a chat platform like Facebook Messenger.
- Talk with the people in your own home!—When everyone is busy doing work and school online, it’s easy to isolate from one another, even though you’re under the same roof. Check in with one another once in a while, and choose a time to be all together—such as a daily family meal. Have a family game night. Read books together. Cook together. Teach your kids a new skill. The possibilities for family interaction are endless!
- When you’re going out for groceries or other supplies, check in with nearby family members, friends and neighbors—It’s particularly helpful to shop for your loved ones who are age 60 or older or have conditions that place them at high risk for COVID-19. Not only will they appreciate your thoughtfulness, but it’s an opportunity to have a little social interaction too.
- Offer a smile—Whether you’re in your house, out for a walk or in the grocery store, a simple smile can lift the spirits of those around you.
- Attend your place of worship through a streaming service. Almost every church and other houses of worship are offering online services during this time of social distancing. It can be comforting and calming to get a new perspective on the world and to hear music and a message of hope.
- Go for a drive—Gas is cheap right now, and it’s just good to get out of the house and see something different now and then.
Remember: If you are feeling down, help is available through the CoolSys EAP (Employee Assistance Program). You’ll be able to talk with a professional counselor who can help you understand your issues and create a plan to address what’s bothering you.
At CoolSys, we truly care about each and every one of you, and we want to make sure you and your family are well. We will all get through this together!