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KellyGram – Social(ly) Distancing

 

 

Events in my life over the past week have reminded me of how vastly important it is to stay connected to the people in our lives, particularly during trying times like those we’re currently experiencing. Human connection is a critical component to maintaining our overall physical and mental wellbeing, and for many, realizing just how substantial a role others play in our lives only became apparent when physical distancing left us starved for connection.

Those of us who live with our families or with roommates are fortunate to have been able to maintain regular human contact over the past six weeks, but lately, I’ve been concerned for my loved ones who are living alone. I can only imagine how isolating that must feel, and it has left me thinking of ways to help ease their feelings of loneliness despite being physically alone. And so, I’ve put together a few creative ways that I’ve seen people socially distancing that I’d like to share in this week’s KellyGram:

  1. Virtual Get-Togethers: Zoom is a video-conferencing software that has been widely used by businesses (even before COVID-19) to organize face-to-face meetings with employees working across the country or from home. But instead of a business meeting, why not organize a virtual happy hour or friendly gathering? It’s even a great way to throw a birthday party, and allows you to invite out-of-town friends who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it!
  2. Netflix Parties: Netflix launched a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party that allows you to play videos in sync with your friends on their devices and chat while you enjoy a movie or your favorite show together…but remotely. So pop some popcorn this weekend and settle in for a virtual movie night!
  3. Picnics: While the Governor’s home or work order doesn’t allow for social visits with friends, it does permit visiting with family members. That said, we certainly want to play it safe when visiting family, and a great way to do this is by hosting a back-yard picnic. This can be done safely by arranging seating at a six-foot distance and by encouraging everyone to bring their own food and beverages. Or, if you’re friendly with your neighbors, why not have a picnic together, but in your separate yards?
  4. Good Old-Fashioned Phone Calls: Technology has certainly helped us find new and creative ways to stay social at a distance, but sometimes, all we need is a good old-fashioned phone call. This is the easiest way to stay connected with those you care about and to check in on those who may be feeling particularly isolated at this time. Taking five minutes to remind someone that you’re thinking of them could make a significant difference in that person’s life—and yours!

No matter how you choose to stay connected, it’s important to not let physical distancing interfere with important relationships. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our friends and family, to share a good laugh with a loved one, and to be reminded that we’re all in this together.

Stay well,

 

Mike Kelly

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