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Staying Connected while Keeping your Distance

Apr 1st, 2020

Staying Connected in a Pandemic

COVID-19 is changing the way we interact and work with others. Thought to be spread from person-to-person, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.”

As a result, many are finding themselves working remotely and practicing social distancing. Though today’s technology allows us to continue communicating with others while we’re apart, feelings of stress and loneliness can be difficult to shake during this time.

As a result, many are finding themselves working remotely and practicing social distancing. Though today’s technology allows us to continue communicating with others while we’re apart, feelings of stress and loneliness can be difficult to shake during this time.

Combatting Feelings of Anxiety & Isolation

Try out these tips from the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help you stay engaged and combat feelings of isolation or anxiety while keeping your distance from others:

  • Stick with structure: Overcome feelings of uncertainty by continuing your daily routine. Keep up with your morning rituals, set daily goals, schedule breaks (and take them in their entirety), and consider dressing in your regular work attire.
  • Create a dedicated work environment: Not everyone has a home office. Create an environment that works for you and keeps you as free as possible from distraction.
  • Find ways to have face time: Research says most communication occurs through our body language. Consider integrating video when connecting with coworkers or loved ones, so you can communicate with each other on a stronger level.
  • Ask for support: Be honest with your coworkers and friends about how you’re taking this new normal. If you need additional support, consider visiting one of these online support communities or calling an emotional support hotline:
    • 7 Cups – No-cost emotional support for those who need someone to talk to.
    • 18percent – Over 18% of Americans live with mental health issues. This community puts you in touch with others facing mental health difficulties.
    • NAMI Resource Library – Connects you with resources from around the web, including their WarmLine Directory where you can talk through your feelings with peer volunteers.

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