- Technology offers us alternative ways of communicating with our loved ones during isolation.
- Playing music on your balcony spreads joy and hope and may make you feel connected with your neighbors.
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Social distancing has become one of the most reliable tools in our arsenal to fight the spread of the coronavirus. That is why we have to think about the alternatives of face-to-face social interactions and ways you can stay connected and stay socialized without putting your life and those of others in jeopardy.
The most important thing to know is that social distancing does not mean you have to feel isolated and lonely. Those feelings might arise, but there are ways to prevent them and lessen their intensity. Let us look at all the ways you can help to mend your loneliness.
Notice All The Little Things
Make an active effort in noticing all the little things in your life that make it great. It can be that first-morning coffee, a new TV series you are eagerly awaiting to watch with your partner or the smile of your neighbor. Practice being grateful for such moments, appreciate them more, and encourage everyone around you to do the same. Such moments can make a world of difference in these dark times.
Play Music On Your Balcony
All credits go to Italy. People have managed to create small communities by playing music and singing from their balconies while being locked in their apartments. People will gather (on their balconies, at safe distances) at certain hours and listen to the music their neighbors are making. It can help boost joy and hope in this time of distress and uncertainty.
Try Cooking And Baking
Cooking and baking can be a great way to fill your day and show your family you care about them. You can find new recipes online or watch video tutorials and try to make something new, from scratch, by yourself. It might not taste that good at first, but your family will certainly appreciate your effort and the laughs and conversations that might ensue.
Try To Prioritise Friends Who Have Mental Health Problems
These times are hard for all of us, but people dealing with anxiety disorder and depression can have an especially hard time. Try and reach out if you have friends who suffer from these conditions, ignore talking about the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic unless it is something of great importance. They might appreciate texting more than phonecalls or digital hangouts, so try to be considerate as much as possible and do not be pushy.
Pay More Attention To Those You Are Living With
Chances are, you are probably stuck at home with some family members. Without work and limited outdoor activities, such a lifestyle can soon prove to be a challenge. Try and make the best of it by focusing on your household relationships.
Use the extra time to communicate, share your emotions and problems, do house chores, or even play a family board game. Start a new family ritual where all of you can participate.
It is FaceTime! There is so much we can get from technology right now. The applications we otherwise use for our business meetings, or remote work can now become a pathway towards the hearts of our loved ones.
Grab a coffee, or a tea, and set an online hangout for you and your friends where you can talk and also enjoy the silence of all those "cracks" between the conversations. Finds ways to replicate all those things you enjoyed in the company of your friends and family with the help of technology. Be creative!
The Fortress Of Solitude
The Fortress Of Solitude is not just for Superman; you can make your own and what is a better place for something like that than your own home. Sitting alone with your thoughts can be scary, especially during a time like this, but connecting with yourself is the first step to establishing better connections with those around you.
You can practice to become more open-minded, sort out the emotions that are bothering you, and think about all the things that you are grateful for. It will make you a better person. But do not overdo it and start watching Netflix just to distract yourself from your emotions!
Participate In Online Communities
The Internet offers a whole plethora of different communities and different people. You can make new connections, share stories, and provide support. You do not need to be a lurker on message boards anymore, try to communicate and contribute to whatever it is that sparks your interest. Whether it is over a videogame, movies, fashion, each of those communities can add a healthy dose of socialization to your daily needs.