Given that all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason -- celebration, parties, and other social events-- have been temporarily prohibited, we are faced with the new normal of being apart from the people we used to come close to.
Given that all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason -- celebration, parties, and other social events-- have been temporarily prohibited, we are faced with the new normal of being apart from the people we used to come close to. When in public, we are advised to stay at least six feet away from others as a form of social distancing.
This temporary policy is intended for everyone to stay as safe as possible during the pandemic situation. It can be emotionally difficult to be physically distant from our loved ones as we follow these measures to slow down the spread of the virus.
It is acceptable that many find this emotionally difficult. Physicians and psychiatrists also have affirmed this. We have compiled a list of suggestions that you might find helpful in strengthening and maintaining your relationships especially at this unprecedented time.
We have to acknowledge that this time makes us vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as the value of many relationships that we have with others in our lives. Therefore, even the situation does not permit us to see our loved ones face to face, you should continue to find ways to maintain and cultivate relationships outside the home.
Next, be sure to pay attention to yourself emotionally by exercising, getting enough sleep, eating well, and doing something fulfilling or creative every day. Learn to shy away from social media channels and news that can lead you to having emotional distress. If you live with others, enjoy their company more. Do something fun together everyday and show how grateful you are for them often.
Remember that the situation we are in will not be forever. Try to make most of the time at home and adjust your routine to include activities you normally do not do before.
During the absence of face-to-face contact, resort to using video calls to communicate. Unlike with audio-only phone calls and texts, video allows us to notice non-verbal clues and mood easily, see our friend’s facial expressions and mannerisms or be reminded of the endearing quirks you have shared with them. Video calls are a far more effective and richer form of communication than audio calls.
Invite your whole family or friend group to catch up via group video chat. Play a game together or take turns in sharing fun experiences that you know will be relatable to those you are with.
Do a stream party of a TV show, concert, or movie with a family member or a friend. You can discuss with one another in between via text or call.
Invite them to start a digital book club.
Stream a class at the same time with a friend to practice yoga or exercise. Many fitness studios now have available online classes.
Enjoy a virtual dinner with a friend or another couple. Pour some wine, make a dish, and enjoy a meal together through video chat.
Reach out to those at the higher risk, such as the immuno-compromised and the elderly. Make time to check on them via phone or other online activities.
Long-distance dating might be the option there is if you are in a committed relationship. Use this time as an opportunity to deepen your communication in a different way. Schedule dates virtually and make them memorable.
Send each other gifts, love letters, or meaningful messages as a way of expressing sweet love to your partner. This time is a good opportunity to appreciate and to put into words how much your love means in your life. When the pandemic situation is finally over, you may find that your relationship has improved more than just maintained.
We cannot deny that it might be a tough time to begin a new relationship during this time. But online dating sites and apps have long been existing. Who knows? The one you’ve long been looking for can be found there! Once you feel like you have become comfortable to each other,
you may consider meeting outside once restrictions are gone. This situation is just temporary and not for long, you’ll be able to meet and date face-to-face.
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