We are hitting the 3-week mark of social distancing and it’s been rough. Mostly, for Liam who misses his school and his friends. But also for Andrew and I who miss our families, friends, and normal routines. I wanted to share a few ways to stay in touch during this time that have really helped us a lot and made us all feel a little more connected.
Ways To Stay In Touch (and not feel isolated) During Social Distancing
- FaceTime/Google Duo: I have been FaceTiming a TON with family and friends.Especially my parents. My mom does not have an iPhone so we installed Google Duo on her phone. Being able to see friends and family on FaceTime is not only great for me but for my kids. My parents are used to seeing my kids all the time so this way they are still getting to see them daily, watch them play, read them books, etc. It’s also fun with girlfriends to have a glass of wine and chit chat this way.
- Zoom Meetings: This has been great for Liam to see his class and teachers and for me to have MOPs and also see my group of friends. It’s really easy to use and a great idea. If you have a group be it work, school, MOPs, a group of friends, whatever- having a fun Zoom (wine optional) is a great time.
- Marco Polo app: This was introduced to me by a friend and it has quickly become one of my favorite apps. It’s essentially a video messaging app where you send videos to friends. It’s been a great way to not feel so lonely during the day without seeing people. Even my neighbor who lives a few houses down and I do this.
- Drive by’s: This has been what we do with my mom especially. We are all used to seeing her several times a week so we drive there or she comes here and we wave and chat from well over 6 feet away. Usually, we stay in the car or vise versa. I have also done this with neighbors if we are on walks we will stop in front of each other’s houses and whoever is home will stay on their porch and say hi from a safe distance.
- Sending notes/letters: I have taken this time to send cards and notes to friends. It’s a special way to not only let someone know you care and are thinking of them but just make someone’s day. Who doesn’t love getting mail!?
I know this time is tough on everyone for different reasons. No matter what we are all missing the human connections we are used to daily. I highly suggest doing some of these things to stay in touch during social distancing.
What have you been doing to stay in touch with loved ones?