Creating online friendships during social distancing
These are difficult times for us all. In a world where we have always been hyperconnected, it goes against the grain to suddenly unconnect ourselves from the world around us. I'm sure we all feel desperately concerned for those with uncertain job futures, businesses in crisis, for people who are unwell or elderly and vulnerable. As well as managing the practicalities of buying food, medication etc, there is a huge issue ahead of people being isolated at home alone with little human contact. Most towns are building plans on how to offer local support. Keep an eye on local community Facebook pages, local newspapers and noticeboards about the support available in your town.
Even before coronavirus raised it's ugly head, mental health and loneliness has been of major concern. Charities such as MIND, the Silver Line, Age UK, Samaritans offer guidance and support via phone advice lines in times of crisis. See this great advice by MIND on staying positive when self isolating.
As an online friendship website we are particularly keen that people continue to be socially connected with each other as this, along with keeping active are important for our health and wellbeing.
Here are a few ways to stay connected with friends and family:
- Set up video chats with friends and family via online sites such as Skype or Zoom
- Arrange to speak on the phone once a day
- Join an online bookclub such as Reading Groups
- Reinstate the art of letter writing to old friends around the country
However you connect, make sure it makes you feel positive and upbeat. It's difficult to get out and about at the moment, but the time will come when we have freedom again, so why plan ahead with friends and think of all the things you would like to do in the months ahead.
And If you are feeling isolated and wish to connect with other women who live close by, come and join us at togetherfriends!