Although social distancing is very important for our physical health at this moment in time, it can be very hard from a mental or emotional standpoint when you’re not supposed to be near other people. Especially if you’re a particularly social person, you may find that this is one of the most challenging times you’ve ever had to experience. But luckily, with a little caution and creativity, you can find ways to still be social and get some interaction without putting yourself or others at risk.
To show you how this can be done, here are three ways to get social interaction while social distancing.
Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors is a great way to spend some time subtly interacting with others while also getting some sunshine and fresh air for your mind and body.
According to Katherine Bindley, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, you’re generally allowed to spend time outdoors with another person as long as you’re staying six feet apart. This means that you can do things like go for a walk, ride your bike, or just sit outside and talk to your friend or neighbor. Keep in mind, however, that if you or your friend or neighbor have been feeling sick, it’s still safer to avoid being near that person, even if you are outside together. So while you shouldn’t necessarily be planning a big outdoor event right now, getting outside in the company of another person can be done by some.
Meet Up With Some Distance
If you’re wanting to see a friend or loved one but don’t want to do something outside together, you can still make plans to meet up and see each other or talk, just so long as you maintain some distance.
To do this, you may want to try eating lunch together in a parking lot from the safety of your own cars while being close enough to chat from your open windows or doors. However, the American Heart Association warns that you should still keep yourselves apart physically.
Take Advantage Of Technology
Thanks to modern technology, you can still keep in touch with almost anyone around the world even while social distancing.
The American Psychological Association shares that calling, texting, video chatting, or using social media are all ways that you can gain some interaction with others in a completely safe way, as no germs can be passed between you and anyone else through your devices. So if you have your friend’s phone number, email address, social profile information and more, you’ll still be able to see them and speak to them.
If you’ve been needing some more social interaction that you’ve been able to get while social distancing, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you in this area.