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How to Engage in Social Connection While Socially Distancing
How do our communities remain emotionally and socially connected when we must be physically apart? It's very hard to separate our bodies from our hearts. Last week, seven hundred people in New Rochelle-the quarantined epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York-held a town meeting online.

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Everyone At Home

In the age of pandemic, with lockdowns all over the globe, people have isolated themselves away from friends, relatives and communities, not by choice, but by the forces of fear, peer pressure and ...

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Flatten The Curve

There is an urgent need to socially distance ourselves as early as possible to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. 

This becomes more and more important as infected pe...

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Virtual Communities

In these times of uncertainty, when the whole world is in uncharted territory, we need to be psychologically and emotionally together in spite of being physically apart.

With unclear ins...

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Everything Virtual

Tips to maintain social connection without breaking the rules:

  • Connect with family members and elders over video conferences, phone calls, and group chats and provide them updates, ...

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We're In This Together Now

  • Start a book or film club, share music, and try to connect with the people who matter in your life with stuff other than virus updates.
  • Help others transition to a virtual ...

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You have to start giving up most of your vices in order to truly dedicate yourself to self-care and to larger causes. But there are healthy indulgences we can enjoy.

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