Connecting in a Time of Isolation

Connecting in a Time of Isolation

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In this time when we are forced to distance ourselves physically, it is of utmost importance to stay connected virtually


Life as we know it has been put on pause. 


We are collectively experiencing social isolation to an unprecedented degree, and the challenges that go along with it are only just beginning. 


We are social creatures; our need to connect is as fundamental as our need for food and water. The good news is that we CAN remain connected, despite physical isolation, and this post will show you just how to do so!


Not all interactions are equal


We can fool ourselves into thinking that we're staying "connected" by spending all our time scrolling our social media feeds and watching the news on repeat. After all, this gives us insight into the world and what people are up to during this time of social distancing and isolation...Right?...


Wrong.


Interactive social exchanges are not the same as observing others online. We need to have contact where we actually interact with others (liking a post does not count!). We need to hear each other's voices, see each other's faces and respond in real time to each other's words. 


Luckily we live in a world where we can stay connected, despite the current challenges.

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Interactive Social Exchanges

  • FaceTime or Zoom call
  • Phone call
  • Texting or emailing
  • Walk outside (with social distancing)


Empty Social Pursuits

  • Scrolling the internet
  • "Liking" posts on the internet
  • Watching the news
  • Netflix binging

Now for a bit of science...

We want to feel good, right? Mentally health and physically healthy. To do so, in very simple science, we need to keep our Endorphins HIGH and our Cortisol LOW. Why?


Let me illustrate:


Stress effects

Let's be clear - this doesn't mean that we should NOT do any of the things on the second list. It just means to be aware of how much of your time is spent on "Interactive Social Exchanges" as opposed to "empty social pursuits"

Here's an infographic to remind you of some of the

best ways to stay connected!

Infographic on connection

The main takeaway...

These are trying times, no doubt about it. This means that we have a couple of choices. We can surrender to the stress and fear, which will undoubtedly have a negative effect on us and those around us, or we can rise up and be intentional in reaching out to others, maintaining connections and doing our best to feel good, despite the chaos.

I am curious, what will you choose? What steps will you take to remain connected in this time of isolation? Let me know in the comments!


With respect, love and light,

Kristine

 

One Response

  1. Very helpful information Kristine. Thank you for putting this together for us to use and share.

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