6 ways to stay connected while social distancing over Easter

While social distancing is the best thing we can do to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, social distancing can make us feel, well… distant. It’s normal to feel…

While social distancing is the best thing we can do to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, social distancing can make us feel, well… distant. It’s normal to feel a little isolated or unsettled, particularly around the holidays. So, with Easter coming up, we’ve put together the best ways to feel connected while social distancing over Easter.

1. Connect on a deeper level

The necessity to social distance during this time can be hard on those who tend to show their affection physically, but you can still connect with your loved ones. Spend time with those closest to your heart by watching movies or TV shows through video chat, or having a virtual Easter dinner. You can even decide on some recipes to cook ‘together’ and share the process over facetime. If you’re not much of a technology fiend, take the time to write handwritten notes or make and send your friends and family Easter cards; they’re sure to appreciate them!

2. Disconnect to connect

If you’ve been scrolling social media a lot, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed or disheartened by the seemingly endless coronavirus posts. If you’re reaching breaking point, it’s ok to take a step back from social media. Alternatively, try following more good news pages, like @globalpositivenews, @tanksgoodnews, and @goodnews_movement on instagram, so your feed cheers you up rather than brings you down. 

3. Celebrate solo

Whether you’re self-isolating or isolating with your family or roommates, you can still enjoy certain elements of Easter. We’ll be indulging in Soulara choco delights, as well as dairy-free dark chocolate, and plant-based mylk chocolates made with rice, soy, or coconut milk! Video chat with your friends and family if you’re alone, or if you’re isolating with others; take this time to switch off your phone and really connect with those around you. 

4. Embrace the abnormal new normal

Whilst most businesses across Australia are closed, many places offering exercise and lifestyle classes are now operating online, often free of charge. Take a yoga class, learn to paint, have a dance party in your room, or learn to bake with an online class! These classes are a great way to connect to likeminded people without having to discuss the impact of infectious disease all the time.

5. Stay supportive

If you have elderly, less mobile, or more vulnerable people in your neighbourhood, why not offer to help them out – while still practicing social distancing! You can offer to do their grocery shopping for them (and leave it on their doorstep), walk their dog, or simply drop a note offering your time and support through their letterbox with your details. These small acts of kindness will make all the difference to them, and help you feel more connected to your community!

6. Write it out

In our perpetually busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time to return a text, let alone write a letter. Take this time to show your loved ones you care by handwriting them a letter, or even just sending a long email. It’s a nice way to keep in touch and stay connected to those you care about!

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Published: 31/03/20

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