Keeping Human Connection While Social Distancing
Our relationships are reflected and expressed in how often we spend time (and space) with our loved ones, friends, and colleagues. But then pandemic happened, and all of a sudden, we need to keep at least 6 feet away from each other.
Social distancing has become the new way of showing we care for other people's welfare. Now, how do we keep human connection if this pandemic continues for months or years to come?
- Connect with loved ones online. Technology can be your best friend these days. You may need screen breaks (as with any aspect), but to fulfill and maintain connectivity with family and friends, mobile messaging and video calls are your most reliable tools.
- Work from home, work digitally. Who would imagine conducting and presiding over meeting remotely decades ago?
- Send them a gift. Parties may have to put on hold for the meantime. But this doesn't mean you can't send them presents. Delivery services are just a call away.
- Engage via social media. Like and comment to your heart's content, especially on friends' or relatives' posts. You'll never know when these simple gestures may uplift someone's mood.
- Wave hello. Greet your neighbors even from afar. Say hi with a smile rather than your usual hug and kisses to a dear friend.
We are social beings, and we want to keep it that way. Only we need a little more creativity, just enough science and a lot of common sense to stay connected.