I’m sure you have seen the phrase “social distancing doesn’t mean isolating.” While this is true, it can be difficult to find that balance between working from home, taking care of yourself, and maintaining relationships. Below are five things you can do to care for those at a distance.
Call those you care about
In today’s day and age, we are so used to texting and snapping, that often we forget to pick up the phone and call our loved ones and friends. While there is no problem with exchanging texts, DMs, or communicating through a filtered photo on Snapchat, hearing someone’s voice is very valuable. You can hear how the person on the other line sounds and this says a lot about how they are feeling. Next time you get out for some air on your next social distancing walk around the block, call someone so you can walk and talk. It will not only help pass the time, but also likely put a smile on their face
Send a card
With everything being virtual nowadays, cards are not as popular as they were in the past. Maybe you have a spare postcard in the closet, or you can pick up a greeting card during your next round of grocery shopping. Sending good old-fashioned snail mail is a great way to put into words how you feel. The card can be a surprise to the person receiving it, or you can let them know, so they have something to look forward to. It will help brighten their day. It may seem small, but taking the time to write out and send a card to someone means more than you know.
Reconnect with an old friend
As life goes on, it is difficult to stay in touch with everyone. Is there someone you have been thinking about lately? Wondering what they are up to? Pick up the phone, send a text or mail a card and reach out! Chances are, they have been thinking about you during these times too.
Schedule a Facetime date and hangout virtually
Whether this be with your significant other, family member or friend, talking face to face, even through a screen, is very important. Make dinner together, watch a movie, play a card game. Anything you would normally do together, continue to do. Even though it is not the same, it will help you feel less alone and provide some structure to your day.
Remember to care for yourself too
Whether its rereading your favorite book, starting that TV series you’ve been wanting to watch or picking up a new hobby, taking care of yourself is important. There are so many changes going on around the world that it can be overwhelming to keep up with. Do you like writing? Painting? Take an hour a day and focus on what brings you happiness.
One of my teachers shared a piece of advice that has stuck with me through this difficult time. He said, “Take time for you – and find time to take a deep, meaningful breath. We all could use one about now. During stressful times, I like to remember the airplane mask metaphor. On the plane, they always tell you that if the oxygen masks fall, then make sure to secure yours first. The message is that if you can’t breathe, then you’re not going to be much help to others. So, when things get stressful remember to breathe for yourself first!” Thanks, Dean!