Keep Up the Physical Distancing, But Slash the Social Distancing: How to Stay Connected as Quarantine Continues

  1. Face-to-Face: There are several video chat options, such as Zoom, that can help close the physical gap between us and our loved ones. Although it may be through the phone or computer screen, video calls mimic a more human connection than text and email. Consider planning a hangout session for a group of friends scattered around the country or the world, teaching or taking an online class, or switching to Skype or Facetime with someone you might normally just talk to on the phone.
  2. Think about hosting a virtual dinner party with a group of friends or relatives! Have everyone plan on having their dinner ready at the same time, set up your computer so everyone in your household can be seen, start the call, and enjoy the company.
  3. Touch If You Can: If you’re in quarantine with roommates, partners, or family, take advantage and embrace them — if they want. Whether it’s a hug or a high-five, physical touch can make all the difference.
  4. Talk It Out: If you’re on social media, share your feelings online. Making your voice feel heard is always empowering. Knowing others are feeling the same as you can make you feel less alone.
  5. Create “quarantine livestream” videos and send them to family and friends to keep them up to date on your activities. Try narrating really mundane events like a sports commentator, or videotape some #justquarantinethings. Making light of the craziness of the time we’re living in can help lift spirits.
  6. Break out the snail mail! Send handwritten cards or letters to loved ones for birthdays, holidays, or just to say hi. If you’ve got lots of time and stamps on your hands, ask your social media followers/friends to send you their address if they’d like mail. You’ll make someone’s day!
  7. Tip: just to be extra courteous and safe, seal envelopes using a finger dipped in water or a lightly dampened sponge in order to keep your germs away from your friends and mail carriers.

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