Blog post written by,
Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS
This has been an especially challenging time for extroverts and people who really get energize by social interactions. We are social beings. Whether your social circle is big and consists of a large number of friends and family or you have a select group of loved ones, you are probably craving for some social interaction. It seems like Covid 19 is teaching us not to take family and friends for granted and challenging our creativity to maintain positive relationships during a time where social distance is key for staying healthy and keeping loved ones safe.
As social beings, we need connection for positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. During this time you probably cannot connect with your people in person which can increase your sense of disconnection and isolation, and for many make this already stressful situation even worse…so, how do we stay connected while social distancing during this time? Here are some ideas:
Create or join a virtual book or podcast club. There are many options for participation in these types of groups but if you are passionate about a subject, want to work on self-development or want to read a novel, don’t wait to get an invite or find a group. Take the lead and invite others.
Meet, over video chat, for coffee with a friend or colleague. Ask them how they are safely socializing, perhaps they can give you some ideas!
Join friends and family for a virtual stretch or workout session. This is a great way to stay connected while adding some mindful, safe movement to your routine. Especially now that we have more time down.
Join a class and become part of a discussion. Meditation classes or online courses are becoming more popular during this time. Many universities are offering free classes during the pandemic and it’s a great way to meet new people from around the country.
Put pen to paper and write some letters and cards to friends. Yes, the old fashion way! Who doesn’t like receiving a card on the mail? This will help your friends and family and will keep you busy and connected.
Call some old friends and reconnect. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and catch up. Life before Covid 19 was perhaps too busy. Make some time now to let old friends you care about them!
Play an online or phone game with a group of people. There are many free games online that can keep you entertained for hours. They also make a nice topic of conversation.
Invite friends and family over for a movie night in your front yard using a white sheet and a projector. Encourage them to bring their own snacks.
Go online shopping with friends over skype, zoom, google meets or any of those platforms that can host groups. There are many options now to choose from and many sales going on to push the economy.
Go to your favorite museum online free! Invite a friend who also enjoys art!
Adjust your expectations. Socializing will look and feel different for a while. We will have to use facemasks and ask personal questions before meeting anyone in person. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t doable!
Be creative. This is the time to exercise creativity and flexibility.
Knowing that you are not the only one struggling with loneliness during this difficult time can help you feel connected in a broader and deeper way. Connecting and reconnecting with family and friend also helps us process what’s going on and hear other people’s perspectives, find comfort and hope in each other.
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