During these times of social isolation it is easy to retreat into your own world and stay out of touch with family and friends. I personally find myself talking to less and less people every day. But don’t get caught in a downward spiral of being even more isolated than we have to be.
There are ways we can be social, other than virtual Zoom meetings, and still abide by the social distancing rules.
Are there people in your life you haven't checked in on? Check on your parents, grandparents and elderly friends. Bring them meals or go shopping for them.
Meet in a backyard and kick the soccer ball around, throw the baseball back and forth or a frisbee. Walk, bike or run 6 feet apart.
I was jogging the other day and saw neighbors with their lawn chairs set up in one driveway about 15 feet apart with delicious drinks in everyone’s hands. Another friend of mine had a lovely family dinner outside and set up folding tables and chairs all over the yard 6 feet apart. Each immediate family sat at their own table but they could still be with their extended family and friends who were at other tables sharing a nice meal in the same yard.
Play bocce ball or lawn bowling, horse shoes, or bean bag toss.
Offer to help your loved ones with gardening or other yard work. Paint a fence, dig a trench, cut up branches in your yard for an outdoor fire.
Instead of cooking inside, roast hotdogs or sausages on the fire pit outside. Then roast marshmallows for dessert! :)
The weather is starting to turn so let's take advantage of the warmth, be social and stay safe and healthy all at the same time.
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Desirae Haluk is passionate about marketing for startups and small businesses. For the last 15 years she has held marketing executive positions for organizations both large and small. She realizes that her true passion is helping establish, grow and evolve startups and small businesses to make them successful and help achieve their goals.