Keep Connected While Practicing Social Distancing.
Just because you can’t grab a drink or go bowling with friends, have lunch with your grandmother or take your kids to the playground, doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other ways to stay connected with those you care about.
While COVID-19 has affected humankind on a global scale, communities have come together in support of one another more than ever before. It is understandable that being away from work and not seeing your friends and family can affect your mental wellbeing and make you feel isolated. Here are some great ways to take care of yourself and connect with the wonderful people in your life, while helping to ensure your own health and safety.
Pick Up the Phone
Sometimes feeling in touch with people is as simple as making a phone call. While texting is convenient, physically hearing someone’s voice is refreshing, restorative, and meaningful. Older generations that do not utilize technology in the same ways that the newer generations do are feeling especially isolated right now. Hearing a loved one’s voice may be just the thing you both need to feel a bit uplifted. Try giving the people you care about a call every now and again to let them know you are thinking of them.
Read All About It
Reading only the news these days can be very stressful. Did you know that the Buffalo Public Library and many of your local libraries have online e-book rentals, audiobooks, and other digital loans? If you’re a reader or have been thinking of trying it out, grab a few friends and start a book club via Google Duo or WhatsApp. It’s a fun way to do something you love and have something new to talk about with friends.
Don’t neglect your health. Not being at work, your gym being closed, or your kids being home from school aren’t reasons to suddenly be sedentary. YouTube has tons of home-workout ideas that you can try. Some other fun activities include jumping rope in your driveway, doing yoga or streaming an online workout in your living room, playing hop-scotch with your kids, or taking a walk. Staying active is important to manage your stress levels, boost your immune system, and is a fun way to connect with your family!
Treat Yourself and Support Buffalo Businesses
Even though your favorite Buffalo food hub isn’t accepting sit-down patrons, there is a good chance they’re still offering take-out! Check out Step-Out Buffalo’s Community Update Board online for a great list of options. Have a fun living room picnic-movie night that also supports our local Buffalo businesses. We’re all in this together!