For human beings, having good friendships, relationships and social connections plays an important part in looking after our wellbeing. With self-isolation and social-distancing measures remaining in place, we can really start to feel the loss of human contact. This can have a negative impact on our mood. So in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that we stay connected with our loved ones – albeit while maintaining distance.
Here are some of the ways you can keep in touch during this time:
In the absence of being able to see your friends and family in person, a video call could help to bridge the gap. Scheduling a regular catch-up can give you both something to look forward to and helps to add structure to your day.
It’s natural to feel a range of emotions at the moment especially since it may have been months since we have seen out entire families or spend a lot of social time with friends. By talking about your feelings, you might find you’re able to share different ways of thinking about things and gain a different perspective. You might also feel less alone in how you feel and gain useful advice from people you trust.
During difficult times, it is also good to have some light relief to talk and laugh about, and to share other things too. Use technology to get creative.
Even though you cannot go to the movies or invite friends around to watch a film, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a movie night together.
To hear the voice of a friendly and familiar presenter can be particularly comforting if you are on your own. And knowing that lots of other people are out there listening along too can help foster a sense of wider social connection.
In this time of uncertainty and worry, many people find connection by sharing the small and simple pleasures of life. For example, send each other:
These can all help keep that sense of togetherness that we all need right now.
Our home health aides are licensed, bonded and insured caregivers who are trained in proper infection control and standards of PPE (personal protective equipment) who can be in your loved ones home to support these activities and boost morale.
If you'd like to learn more about the care we can offer your aging loved one to ensure they're safe and well during the most difficult times, check out our website or give us a call today at 866-720-0124!