According to the CDC, social distancing is an important way to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus causing a health pandemic around the globe. Social distancing means not shaking hands, avoiding large crowds, and in general staying at home as much as possible.
And even though it’s for the greater good, feeling isolated from your friends and family can add anxiety to an already stressful and uncertain time. But with today’s technology, you don’t have to feel alone. Here are 5 ways to stay connected with the ones who mean the most to you.
1. Call your friends and family.
Don’t just send a text. Pick up the phone and call someone. Have an old-school conversation with them. Whether you discuss your feelings about what’s going on or talk about that show on Netflix they have to watch- it’s important to reach out and stay connected.
2. Have a Netflix Party.
Speaking of Netflix- did you know you can binge-watch your favorite movies and shows with your friends? Without leaving your house? Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to watch Netflix with friends remotely, in real time. The app is free and available on the Chrome Web Store. So, set up a movie night with your bestie and enjoy the show.
3. Make a video call.
Connect face-to-face with the ones you love using WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a messaging app that allows you to make free video calls with almost any type of phone. Because the app works across platforms, your friends can have an iPhone or an Android and you can catch up with each other through live video.
4. Be active on social media.
Stanford University Communications professor, Jeff Hancock, said in an interview “The little pings matter.” Beyond the longer phone calls and video chats, commenting and messaging your connections on social media, sharing information or funny memes, are all ways to help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. Whether you prefer Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter, keep this “lightweight” method of communication open.
5. Meet someone new.
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t know a stranger, you might miss having the opportunity to meet someone in the grocery store and sharing a quick exchange. Here’s the thing- you’re not alone. There are people all over feeling the exact same way. Now, you can make a new acquaintance on QuarantineChat- a free digital voice service that connects people from around the world. So get on the phone and talk to someone who’s stuck at home, just like you.