Keeping a positive attitude and living a well-balanced life is difficult even in the best of times. And during a global pandemic, it can feel impossible. Quarantine and social distancing measures may lead you to feel sad, angry, or scared. You may be upset that you had to cancel a trip or an event you were looking forward to. You are not alone. Many people have had to cancel their weddings, baby showers, and vacations. High schools and universities have moved back graduation ceremonies or canceled them entirely. We are all feeling the effects of social distancing and quarantine as individuals, families, and as a society. This is why feeling connected to others is more important now than ever before. Here are three ways to help you feel more connected with your loved ones during this difficult time.
One way to connect with family and friends during this pandemic is to use video chats on your smartphone or computer. It’s a great way to see all your cousins, aunts, uncles, and neighbors and still respect social distancing measures. There are more apps than ever that you can use to get in touch with people like Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime (for iPhone users), and more. Have dinner with friends, watch a movie with everyone, or play games, all without anyone leaving the house. Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips and spend quality time with the people you care about.
Another way to reach out to loved ones is to find ways to see them while remaining 6 feet apart. You can talk to your neighbors from your front porch or an open window. You can check up on relatives and friends that live close by agreeing to meet up in an open area and talking a safe distance away from each other. If a friend or family member is at higher risk of disease due to age, compromised immune system, or disability, you can drop off groceries or a gift basket at their door to let them know you are thinking of them.
A third method of staying in touch is snail mail. Sending a card through traditional mail is a great way to keep in touch with those you love. It can also be a great way to let friends and family know about milestones in your life, like graduations, baby showers, or engagements. You may not be able to throw parties, but you can still let people know about your accomplishments and life events.
If you want to send your relatives and friends snail mail, but don’t want to go to the store for non-essential paper products, you can order cards and announcements online via Basic Invite.You can also customize all their designs, including the paper or ink colors, and font style or size. They also have 40 different envelope colors, so you can match your envelope with your invite. If you want to see your card in person before placing a full order, go ahead and order a sample of your card to see in real life and make sure you’re happy with it.
As a recent college grad myself, I really like the look of their college graduation announcements. Their baby announcements are super cute, and they have a bunch of elegant engagement announcements too. Be sure to check out their cards and send some out to loved ones to keep in touch.
Whether you send cards, visit safely from a distance, or video chat, take the time and effort to keep in touch with your loved ones during this difficult time. It will help keep you and them in good spirits. Stay safe!