Staying connected with friends and family is critical during times of crisis—people need the support of others. While we are currently unable to be physically close to those outside of our household, we do not have to lose our connection to them. Social connection has been shown to improve mood, responsiveness to one’s children, and overall well-being while reducing anger, depression and anxiety.1
It is possible to stay connected while staying apart. Try some of the ideas below to stay in touch with friends, family and your community.
Remember you are not alone! With all the stress and anxiety related to COVID-19, many people feel overwhelmed and disconnected. Even if you cannot physically connect with them, your family, friends and neighbors are also experiencing this moment in time too.
Parents and caregivers are especially affected by COVID-19. If you or a family you know need support, do not be afraid to reach out. Having to figure out care for children 24/7, manage working in or out of the home and supporting school-aged children learning in an online format is a big change for many parents and caregivers and understandably results in added stress and fatigue. Asking for help is a sign of strength. Taking care of your needs will help you to be able to meet your child’s needs.
1“Parental Resilience: Protective & Promotive Factors,” Center for the Study of Social Policy, last accessed December 1, 2020, https://cssp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ProtectiveFactorsActionSheets.pdf