Practicing social distancing has allowed us to flatten the curve and has helped us stay safe during this pandemic. Although social distancing is benefiting our physical well-being, it is having the opposite effect on our mental well-being. Humans are social beings that need interaction in order to be fully healthy and social distancing has prevented some of our most basics needs of love and connection. If you are feeling the negative effects of social distancing and are looking for ways to connect with your loved ones during this time, below are some ways you can use to stay connected with others while also practicing social distancing guidelines.
1. Virtually Visit Friends & Family
Thanks to the advanced digital technologies of today, there are plenty of ways to stay connected with your loved ones without being in the same location. Thanks to free digital communication technologies like Zoom and Skype as well as apps like FaceTime, it’s easier than ever to keep in contact with anyone, anywhere, anytime. The video feature of these technologies makes it easier to feel close with those you care about. Or if you prefer to stick to what you know, a simple phone call with a loved one can instantly lift your spirits.
2. Play Games Online
To keep your mind stimulated, you can try playing games online with other people, or just on your own if you prefer. Whether you prefer card games or board games, Arkadium.com offers a wide variety of both. Also, there are plenty of free gaming apps that you can download on your mobile device, such as Words with Friends, to stay connected with others while also having fun!
3. Use Social Media
Social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram are a great way to stay connected with family and friends, maybe some of which are in a different country or that you have not spoken to in years! Many social platforms have a private messaging feature or even a video chat feature that helps you feel connected without being physically near each other. On top of communicating with others, social media has a bunch of other features that you may find entertaining! During COVID-19, many celebrities and musicians are using the Facebook and Instagram Live feature that allows you to watch live music or even talk to a well-known celebrity!
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