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How to Engage in Social Connection While Socially Distancing

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 way of doing things, like helping a youngster with setting up a virtual classroom.
  • If possible, volunteer virtually to places where your help, expertise or support may be required.
  • Connect with nature, if possible.
  • Do not spread any unverified information.

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How to Engage in Social Connection While Socially Distancing

How to Engage in Social Connection While Socially Distancing

https://estherperel.com/blog/social-connection-while-socially-distancing

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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 state orders. For the first time in our lifetimes, being socially isolated is a mandate on a global level.

Our social life and commitments, wherever possible, have been transformed into an online experience. We are now learning the ropes and strategizing how to continue working, learning, socializing, loving and living life through the help of the internet and screens.

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 people are showing mild  (or zero) symptoms, while still being able to pass on the infection to others. This makes being close to any person a potentially lethal mistake.

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 instructions, ambiguous information and a possible lack of resources, it is easy to feel helpless, and therefore crucial to activate the collective healing capabilities of our communities.

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, plans, and best practices.
  • Map out your network and resources, noting down who all you know, where they are, and what help can be provided or taken.
  • Join relevant Facebook communities, and host virtual events for the ones which got canceled, using video conferencing tools.

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 way of doing things, like helping a youngster with setting up a virtual classroom.
  • If possible, volunteer virtually to places where your help, expertise or support may be required.
  • Connect with nature, if possible.
  • Do not spread any unverified information.

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The purpose of the gathering

The purpose of the gathering

Clarify the purpose of your virtual gathering. Don't assume your digital meeting shares the same goal as the canceled in-person gathering.

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Set up the room

Use everyone's environment to fill the lack of context of virtual gatherings.

A room and location often set the context for the group. And virtual gatherings lack the context to set up the room. To solve this, invite people to help co-create the space. To add warmth, have them sit and place their cameras in front of places that have meaning for them.

Have a clear host

Regardless of the size of the gathering, know who's in charge.

A good host knows how to use the mute button, can orient her guests to the gathering's purpose, and will connect and protect her guests.

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