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How to Stay Connected to Friends and Family During COVID-19

How to Stay Connected to Friends and Family During COVID-19

Stay Connected to Friends and Family During COVID-19

While we’re practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of coronavirus — oh the joys of experiencing a global pandemic — it’s important to not get too distant from your friends and family. Fortunately, social contact at a distance has become one of the hallmarks of the modern age. You don’t have to let COVID-19 stop you from keeping in touch with the ones you love. Here are a few ways to stay close to your loved ones, whether they’re far away or staying in the same house.

1

Schedule a Regular Call or Text

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It’s easy to forget how much sending a text can mean, but in times of uncertainty, it’s more important to check in than ever. As we’re all trying to self-quarantine, a little message letting someone know you’re thinking of them can brighten each day. Set up a daily reminder if it helps, or start a group chat so the conversation is ongoing.

 

Though it may seem obvious, a phone call has even more impact, especially when self-isolating. Hearing someone’s voice creates a special connection, so set aside time each day to catch up with those that matter most. You’ll find yourself feeling more hopeful and less alone. Don’t forget to wipe your phone down once in a while to help prevent the spread of germs.

2

Video Chat

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Use your tablet, cell phone, or laptop to let your loved ones see your smiling face. Video chats are an inclusive way to hang out and share in an activity, even if you can’t be there in person. If you have the data, you can watch a show together, host a book club, or practice a language. As we’re all glued to coverage of COVID-19, it’s also comforting to just have someone to laugh with about how crazy the world has become. Whatever you do, doing it face to face through video chat can help create social bonds during this time of social distancing.

3

Play Video Games Online

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Video games don’t have to be a solitary experience. Hooking up your gaming console is a great way to stay in touch with others. It doesn’t matter if you’re competing with a family member who’s staying in the same house or you’re playing with friends across the globe in a multiplayer online game. Physical distancing doesn’t mean you have to stop being social. So plug in and take advantage of this time the quarantine is providing to make or maintain social connections.

4

Make Something Together

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Whether it’s making a meal or doing a craft, creative activities provide a way to bond with your loved ones while relieving some of the stress and anxiety you may feel from being stuck in your house during quarantine. If you’re in the same house, you can do these projects together. But, even if your loved ones are far away, you can send pictures of the crafts that you do or join each other online for a digital class. Something simple like paint-by-numbers can provide a shared goal, while scrapbooking can be a happy, hopeful reminder of pastimes to look forward to.

5

Challenge Them to a Game

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Playing games is another great way to let off your nervous energy while growing closer to friends and family during the pandemic. Anything from playing catch outside to a participating in a simple board game or puzzle will relieve boredom and inspire friendly competition. Get more Outdoor Play Ideas.

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Share Music

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Music reduces stress and improves mood. Sharing playlists with loved ones is a great way to show you care, and possibly get some great music recommendations in return. Build a collaborative playlist you can use at a future gathering when the coronavirus is contained. If you prefer to make music yourself, you can play and sing with members of your household or coordinate through video chats for a more global concert experience. And don’t forget to dance it out. Grab a hairbrush and burn off some energy lip-syncing to your favorite tunes.

7

Send a Letter or Care Package

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It’s easy to forget that the postal service isn’t just for bills and junk mail. It’s also a fantastic way to keep in touch. Though much slower than email, there’s something extra special about a handwritten note or a care package. Or, if you can’t make it to the post office, ordering a gift basket is also a warm and thoughtful gesture that will make the recipient feel loved.