7 Tips to Help You Stay Connected During Social Distancing

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Staying connected during the age of social distancing can be very difficult, especially if you’re not used to technology. Whether you are living in an assisted living center, a nursing home, with a caregiver/family member, or on your own, there are many ways you can help yourself through this difficult time of isolation, even if it means simply occupying your mind. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of your resources and stay connected.

1. Take an online class on using technology

If using technology is a struggle for you, but you want to virtually connect with your friends, family or community, consider taking an online class on how to set up applications like Zoom or Facebook. Having multiple online mediums like social media and virtual communication tools to keep up with your community can help your mental health and ease any feelings of loneliness. There are many step-by-step tutorials on YouTube that can help you learn the technology that is available to you.

2. Set up phone or video calls

Once you feel more comfortable with your technology, you can take the time to call a loved one or set up virtual video calls. Eventually, you can incorporate virtual calls into your daily routine and schedule regular check-ins with your loved ones so you can stay up to date with their lives.

3. Write letters to your loved ones

Although you may not have written letters in a while, now is a good time to pick up a pen and paper and purchase some stamps. If you prefer not to use technology to stay connected, letters are a good alternative — plus, the recipient will love the personal touch of your own handwriting!

4. Organize a virtual game night

If you’re feeling confident with applications like Zoom or Google Hangouts, ask your friends to join you in a virtual game night. Activities like Bingo, Name That Song and Would You Rather are fun and exciting ways to stay social. If you’re struggling to come up with your own game ideas, browse the internet for drawing games, trivia or guessing games.

5. Get creative

Try getting back into an old hobby or picking up a new one. Once you’ve created a craft or two, you can send them in the mail to friends and family. It would brighten the recipient’s day, and doing good for others will make you feel good too! Also, if you are good at sewing, try sewing facemasks or ear savers, and donate them to a local organization. You’ll help your community, and in return, you’ll feel good knowing you contributed. Here are some other ideas on how to get creative:

  • Paint a self-portrait or scenery of a place that has brought you joy
  • Try out a jigsaw puzzle or crosswords
  • Write a poem about something that inspires you
  • Make a collage out of old magazines or newspapers
  • Go through old pictures and turn them into a scrapbook
  • Find a new book about something that interests you or pick up an older one you haven’t read in a while
  • Try knitting, cross-stitch or crocheting
  • Draw a cartoon strip
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Turn on one of your favorite music albums and do a little dance

6. Find an educational online class

With all the online resources out there, you’re guaranteed to find something that sparks your interest. Consider signing up for an online class about something that you have wanted to learn but haven’t had the time or resources to discover in the past.

7. Get to know your caregiver

If you do have someone you live with or regularly takes care of you, consider getting to know them better. It may be shocking what you don’t know about someone you have been acquainted with for years, so ask them questions you haven’t before, or spark a conversation about what brings them joy.

Know when to help & don’t be afraid to reach out

During these unprecedented circumstances, Cherrywood Pointe is here to help your family, friends and community stay healthy and safe. If there is anything we can do, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

If you or someone you know is struggling to adjust during this time or is feeling a sense of loneliness or depression, it’s important to talk about what’s going on. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s hotline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) puts you in touch with counseling services and other local resources.