How do we reach out and care for those who live alone or are more alone now because of “distancing?”
Physical distancing over social distancing.
First I want to repeat what I have seen circulating in some of my circles on Facebook. We need to switch our language from “social distancing” to “physical distancing.” We need to physically distance ourselves from unnecessary interaction with those outside our family groups to help flatten the curve and slow the spread so that our healthcare system can keep up. However, we desperately need to stay connected socially (without physically being together) or this is going to be a whole lot harder for many of those who live alone or are isolated from connection already.
How can we continue to stay connected socially to our friends, family, and groups we normally connect with on a regular basis? Our schedules have gone from overly busy to practically empty overnight. For those who get most of their social connection through the groups and organization they are a part of this new reality of distancing could take its toll fast if we don’t work together to stay connected through technology.
This connection is of major importance especially for those who live alone or in communities that are now isolated from much if any other human interaction. We must use technology (phone calls, emails, video chats, social media, or however you connect) to stay connected to each other and support each other through this time of uncertainty and distancing. For my own sanity in the midst of this and especially because I live alone my goal is to reach out in this way to at least one person every day, to stay connected to my people. Are there people you know that you might reach out to? Or are you someone who might be in need of staying connected?