Staying Connected

With the announcements to engage is social distancing and even some areas instructed to shelter in place, we need to shift to new ways of keeping in touch with family and friends. In a time when many already lonely and disconnected, it will take effort on our part to stay connected to each other.

Calling and video chatting are great options and we have included a few platforms below:

  • Marco Polo App: Connect with friends and family by sending short video messages that they can watch live or will be saved to watch later. Create a group chat with your people and share messages to each other.
  • FaceTime for iPhone: Video chat with your people. Did you know you can include more than one person on your chat?
  • Google Hangout: Video chat with a big group of people using hangouts. https://hangouts.google.com/
  • Netflix Party: You can still have movie nights with your friends thanks to a new feature on Netflix. You can message your friends live while watching the same show. https://www.netflixparty.com/

Other suggestions to stay connected:

  • Virtual dinner party: Invite your friends to join you virtually for dinner. You can all eat at the same time and catch-up. If you want, you can even make the same type of food!
  • Do the same workout video online: Set a time to do a workout together. When it is over, call and discuss how tired you are and how sore you will be in the morning!
  • Share resources and good ideas: We are all in this new way of life and can use a village to get through it. Share your extras with someone in need. Have a great idea to keep your kids entertained or read a great article? Share it with your people!
  • Be proactive: set goals, start a new hobby or check things off your to-do list that have been meaning to do.
  • Be future-oriented: Now is a great time to make plans with your friends. It will give you something positive to look forward to during this time of social distancing. If you are anxious about making plans without knowing when life will return to normal, think of things that can be flexible (trying a new workout class, spa day or fishing trip). You can make the plans and set a date later.
  • Reach out to old friends: We are in an unusual time with a lack of external social obligations. Take advantage and reconnect with someone that you have lost touch with or a friend you have not spoken to in a while.
  • Share the good: Much of what we hear right now is negative and scary. Share good news with your friends, co-workers and family. It could be a picture, new skill you have acquired, or doing well on a work project. No matter how small, share the good!
  • Check in on those at high risk: Virtually connect with people in your life at higher risk, send letters or ask them how you can help. Many pictures are being shared online of people leaving notes to their neighbors offering help to buying groceries or supplies if needed.
  • Be patient: Like we mentioned above, this is new for all of us. Be more patient, be more forgiving. We will all be happier if we do.