Social Distancing Without Being Socially Distant
“Social distancing” has not only become a new buzzword in recent times, it’s become the temporary reality for all of us as we’ve had to suddenly learn to limit our physical interactions with others to help protect each other during this pandemic. As social beings by nature, it’s understandable why having to socially distance is hard, especially during holidays and special occasions that you would normally physically spend together. Social distancing, however, doesn’t have to be the same thing as being socially distant and there are ways you can maintain a connection with others while in physical isolation. In fact, it’s probably more important now than ever to make efforts to celebrate and comfort each other. Here are just a few things you can do to stay connected:
Are your employees working from home?
- Regularly remind them how much you appreciate all they’re doing, especially under these unusual circumstances. A simple email doesn’t cost anything but it can be so impactful in helping your staff feel connected and recognized.
- Take a break and have a virtual happy hour or group lunch! These are extra stressful times. Schedule some time to just check-in to see how everyone’s doing and share some laughs! Stress weakens the immune system and laughter is the best medicine!
- Surprise them with a gift!
Do you usually celebrate Easter with family and friends?
- Celebrate together virtually! Have a socially distant egg hunt! Make Easter crafts or color eggs together! I know it can’t quite replace the experience of being physically together, but you can still make the best of our current circumstances and still enjoy the festivities together with just a little creativity and coordination!
- Send an Easter gift!
- Send a heartfelt letter! Send a card! You can even send a free e-card. Something I personally enjoyed receiving when I was younger were cards with little sheets of stickers and recipes. Maybe you can send some themed stickers and share a favorite recipe for Easter too!
Do you know someone who could use a little cheer?
- Let them know you’re thinking of them. Now that some of us have more time on our hands, maybe it’s a good opportunity to slow down and re-connect with those we’ve been meaning to but never could “find the time” for before. Give them a call, send a text, use social media to start real conversations, not just quick “likes” and scrolls. Personally, an old co-worker of mine from maybe 11/12 years ago texted me recently after finding she had time on her hands now and thought she’d reach out. I can’t tell you how elated I was to hear from her and be remembered after all that time. Who’s on your phone list that you’ve been meaning to reach out to?
- Spend time together virtually! Play a game.. Have a cocktail (or two).. Have dinner.. Maybe even cook together! Watch a movie.. Really, the possibilities are endless and again, it just takes a little creativity and coordination.
- Show them you’re thinking of them with a thoughtfully selected gift! Maybe it’s some healthy snacks that support their immune system.. Or indulgent sweet treats.. Or popcorn for a movie night.. Or a journal or sketchbook they can relieve their stress in with their creativity.. Or a bath bomb to help them relax too.. Whatever it is, they’re sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness!
In summary, practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we have to be socially distant. And there are a myriad of ways we can stay connected, if not deepen our relationships safely from afar. The good news is, while it may not feel like it right now, this is temporary and we can use this time within this temporary reality to build positive habits, creativity and connection with others (and ourselves).
If you need assistance with sending a gift of comfort, hope or cheer during this time, we are still open and here for you. We have pre-designed gifts, quality goodies and gift items that can be ordered on their own or we can even build custom gifts and ship them for you. Just contact us! Stay safe, healthy and well!