Roundup: The Power of Connection
After a year spent apart from loved ones, the majority of us are feeling deeply just how important connection is to our wellbeing.
This week, I'm sharing a roundup of ideas from around the internet to help you feel more connected even while we remain apart.
How to Keep Connecting With Strangers During a Pandemic. I just spoke about loved ones, so why am I leading with an article about connecting with strangers? It's because of what's called "weak ties" - all of the small interactions you have with strangers or semi-strangers as you go about your day have a real effect on how happy you feel. It's something we take to heart at ShopEco, and it's part of our mission to contribute to your wellbeing by making our time with you a pleasant few minutes of your day.
Coping With Separation from Family and Friends During COVID-19. I love these creative ideas for activities that kids can do alone or with loved ones to help bridge the distance.
Codenames Online. One of my favourite podcasts recommended this online game recently and were raving about how fun it is. Play online with your friends, and choose whether you want to play competitively or cooperatively. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it's on my list!
Pick up the phone. Turns out Zoom creates a special kind of fatigue and can even reinforce our sense of separation. A good old fashioned phone call appears to be the best way to combat pandemic loneliness, according to this study.
This week, take a few minutes to look through these articles and choose one connection activity that you haven't tried before. Which one will you try, and with whom? Let me know in the comments below.
Take care of yourself,