During the current pandemic, we're all being asked to do our part to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Along with washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer, one of the best ways to slow the spread of infection is to practice social distancing. This involves keeping at least 6 feet apart from others, which feels unnatural to many people. It's important to stay in touch with others, as connection promotes good mental health, especially during times of stress and anxiety. However, social distancing doesn't have to mean being alone. Here are 3 ways to stay connected with loved ones while maintaining social distancing:
1. Reach out digitally. Technology helps people stay connected and can prevent feelings of loneliness. A videoconferencing app like Zoom allows you to interact with others face-to-face, even if it's via a screen. Social media sites like Facebook and YouTube increase communication with others and allow you to share ideas and skills. "I encourage people to do more than just email and text their loved ones," explained John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. "Those methods have become convenient ways to communicate without conveying your actual feelings and emotions." Ideas for staying in touch digitally include hosting a virtual coffee hour with friends or reading grandchildren a bedtime story via Facetime.
2. Host a neighborhood block party. Driveways, yards, and sidewalks make natural boundaries, while allowing neighbors to spend quality time outdoors and connect with others. Kids can also get involved; have them create a sidewalk chalk gallery in front of their home so neighbors can walk down the street to view the artwork.
3. Reach out with a phone call. "Too many people have forgotten the importance of hearing someone's voice," added Adolf. "Instead of texting, a simple phone call lets you visualize who you are talking to and hear the tone in their voice. It allows you to actually understand how they are doing."
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
John R. Adolf, Director
7000 South Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
2921 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402