Aurora is now under a Stay-At-Home Order issued by the Tri-County Health Department. Physical distancing is necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the entire metro area. But we all know that we are social beings and we are hardwired for social connections.
And while it’s important to remember that physical distancing will help protect our community, it can also lead to increased stress, anxiety, depression, and fear during times of crisis. So how can we create and maintain those social connections we so desperately need at this time?
Here’s a list of simple ideas to help you stay connected:
- Call someone. Phone calls and video calls are great ways to reach out and see how others are doing and to let them know you care. Catch up with family, friends, and loved ones. Hearing each other’s voices will definitely lift your spirits.
- Use this time to connect with family. If you live with family, now is the perfect time to participate in family activities like board games, watching movies, cooking, and planning activities you can all do when the crisis is over.
- Maybe you’re missing your usual get-togethers like book club or yoga. Why not schedule a remote get-together with friends? Set up a virtual coffee date. Host a virtual dinner. Invite friends to play a game together online or through an app like Words With Friends.
- If you are working from home and missing the face-to-face interaction with your coworkers, schedule lunch. Just turn on the camera and enjoy lunch and a chat together.
- And finally, remember that Aurora Mental Health & Recovery is here for you during this difficult time. We are open for business and delivering care through telephone and technology by calling 303-617-2300, and of course, our Walk-In Crisis services remain open. Reach out and let us know how we can help.