Five Ways to Feel Connected While Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Human beings are social creatures. 

We need connection.

But during this quarantine period many of us are separated from the people and experiences that make us feel connected.

In the post below I share five ways we can feel connected while practicing social distancing.

These five things will never replace the value of face to face connection but if we do at least one each day, it will help us to feel connected and supported during this time.

The first thing we can do is to check in with loved ones regularly. At least once a day.

We want to hold space to have meaningful conversations.

We want to allow each other to be really honest about the anxiety and anything else that we might be feeling right now.

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The second way to feel more connected is to spend time connecting more deeply with the people you have to be with during this lockdown situation.

Use this time as an opportunity to go deeper.

Talk, play games, cook, dance and do so many more things you would not have done otherwise.

The third way to have connection during times of physical distancing is to think about what you’d be doing if you weren’t in this situation.

Would you be having tea with friends? Going to the movies together? Going out for lunch?

Then use technology to recreate a version of this.

Make your favorite cup of tea and video call your best friend. It’s not ideal but at least to have some variety and connection during this time.

The fourth way is to show kindness to people in your community who might need your support.

Find out If there are elderly people in your neighborhood who can’t go to the grocery and offer to pick up a few things on your next trip there.

If you know of anyone living alone maybe you can call them and talk to them. Find out how they’re doing. If they’re ok.

Being of service can help us all to feel more hopeful and connected about this situation.

 

The fifth way to feel connected is to improve your connection with your own body.

Move, stretch, try to do some deep breathing.

Try to be near a tree or a plant.

Allow yourself to feel your connection to your breath, your body and the other living things around you.

If you found this post helpful and you’d like to learn more about taking care of yourself during the Coronavirus Pandemic, check out my previous post here. 

Ten Ways to Deal with the Anxiety Surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic

deal with the anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic

It’s okay if you have anxiety because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

It’s okay if you’re worried about your future.

It’s okay if you’re overwhelmed by everything that’s happening right now.

Although the stress and anxiety you may be feeling is a perfectly valid response to this uncertain time, it can be damaging to the immune system over long periods. 

It’s why I wanted to share ten easy and accessible ways to help you stay calm and grounded throughout this unprecedented time.

Ten Ways to Stay Calm During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

1. Take a few deep breaths.

Research shows that your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Taking a few deep breaths can make a big difference in managing your anxiety if you make it a part of your daily routine. 

2. Journal about how you’re feeling.

By writing about your thoughts and feelings, you can gain valuable insights into why you’re feeling the way you’re feeling. This can help you to release the emotions you’re feeling, identify what you can control and what you can’t, and help you to map out a plan which focuses on the factors you can control. 

3. Mindfully drink something.

Moving your attention from your mind to your body can help to reduce your anxiety. As you take a sip of your favorite drink, pay attention to the temperature of it. Notice the the way it tastes and feels in your mouth. 

4. Get creative

Creativity engages and focuses our minds on the task at hand – and helps us to move past our feelings of stress and anxiety. Research actually shows that different forms of artistic expressions can decrease in our levels of cortisol, a hormone that the body secretes to respond to stress.

5. Move your body.

All forms of movement medicine (exercise, dancing, stretching, etc) has long been proven to increase the feel good hormones in the body. Regular exercise can also help you to sleep better, which can further reduce anxiety and depression.

6. Limit your daily news exposure.

There is a difference between being responsibly informed, and being overwhelmed and inundated by what’s happening. Decide when is the best time for you to catch up on the impact of Coronavirus. Try to avoid checking in throughout the day.

7. Listen to soothing music.

8. Watch funny movies or TV shows. 

9. Spend time on a hobby

10. Connect with loved ones regularly.

This is probably the most important point on this list. Having meaningful connection with loved ones will help you to feel supported during this very difficult time. If you’d like some guidance on maintaining connections while social distancing, check out my recent post here. 

Everything surrounding this Coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming and stressful.

This makes it even more essential to take care of yourself.

Even though this list not exhaustive, I hope that it can help you to stay healthy throughout this time.

By doing a few small things everyday, you can help to reduce stress and inflammation in your body and bring some space and calm to your anxious mind. 

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