Staying Connected At A Distance
Humans are inherently social creatures, and as far back as we can trace, humans have lived, hunted, traveled, and thrived in social groups. This is in part because there is safety in numbers (from an evolutionary standpoint), but also because living within social groups provides us with a sense of identity and essential skills for communication and interaction. Therefore, being socially connected today is an important part of our nature, and the benefits of staying connected shouldn’t be overlooked.
If you’re missing someone, express that. If you’re upset about something else going on in your life, share it. Less frequent communication creates an opportunity for miscommunication, but this doesn’t have to be the case, as long as you remain mindful and honest. Not everyone enjoys communicating through conversations, and that’s okay. Play around with sending pictures or short videos back and forth to show your loved ones that you’re thinking of them.
When it feels like there isn’t anyone to talk to or connect with, turn to the nature around you. Even if you don’t have access to hiking trails or a backyard, try tending to a plant, playing with an animal, or watching videos about the majesty of nature. The feeling of awe that you’ll feel as you begin to think more deeply about the world around you could very well contribute to a boost in your mood.
When we’re feeling disconnected, one thing that we can count on helping to make us feel better is the act of helping others. Humans have an enormous capacity for empathy and caring, so tap into that inner good and use your skills and energy to help people, animals, or the environment around you.