Staying Socially Connected during COVID-19

We hope that you and your families are healthy and staying safe. We are all affected by the current COVID-19 situation and this week we expand on our tips for getting through these challenging times. Click here for our tip sheet. Continue to check back weekly as we expand on tips and provide updates!

Social support is important. During this time of “social distancing” you can still stay connected with people in your life using phone, texts, emails, FaceTime or other ways of connecting. Reaching out to friends and family can provide support and keep you connected with others.

1. Physical distancing is NOT social distancing. Although we remain physically distanced from others right now, maintaining connection is more important than ever.

2. Schedule in time to connect. Set aside time every day to keep up with your loved ones. Whether it’s a quick text exchange, an email, or a phone call or video chat, staying connected during this time is essential. 

3. Get creative. There are many ways to interact virtually while staying physically separated. You might consider throwing a birthday party for a family member through Zoom, celebrating a holiday together on FaceTime, streaming a live exercise class online, scheduling a virtual Netflix watch party or hosting a virtual game night.

4. Remember you are not alone. See this link for helpful coping strategies that others are using to handle the pandemic. Check out these sweet animals from the UCLA People-Animal Connection thanking our frontline healthcare workers!

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