The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many people. One of its most lasting legacies is social isolation, and many people are still suffering from its effects. Let’s look at ways you can help mitigate social isolation, even if in-person gathering is still at a minimum.
“See” Friends and Family Over Video Chat
Millions of people stayed connected to loved ones through the pandemic by utilizing platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype to keep in touch and “see” each other. Although it’s safe in most places to gather in person, health concerns, careers, extra caution, or whatever else may still make it hard.
Join an Online Community Such as a Book Club
One of the best ways to connect with new people online is through a common interest. Book clubs, which are often moderated and controlled, are just one example of a kind of hobby-related online community. The chances are good that there are many for whatever phase of life you’re in, from parenting to retirement to travel.
Work from Home Somewhere Else
If you’re going a little stir-crazy staring at your own four walls, and you feel safe doing so, try working from somewhere else in public. Many coffee shops have re-opened their cafe seating areas, including bars, restaurants, libraries, and more. Try to interact a little bit with staff and other patrons.
Volunteer in an Essential Sector
Even if you don’t have an essential job yourself, there’s lots of need, even more than before the pandemic began. Consider volunteering in a soup kitchen or at a non-Covid hospital. You can even look into volunteering through your church or religious organization, a political cause you’re passionate about, or with children at a before or after school program.
The best part is that you’ll meet other people in the same boat as you, with similar passions and values.