During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has sometimes meant not seeing friends and family as much as we would like. For many people, it may still be a while before they’re able to connect in the same way they did before social distancing and travel restrictions! Visiting with friends and family may be a challenge over the distance, but there are many ways to connect deeply with the people we care about, even if we can’t see them in person. Try out these suggestions anytime you’re feeling disconnected from those you love!
1. Use technology to ‘see’ your friends and family
For many people, travel hasn’t been as accessible during the past year. If you have friends and family that don’t live nearby, you may not have seen them as often as you’d like! While nothing beats face-to-face gatherings, using technology to connect can help you continue to feel close with the people in your life. Try using video calls with software such as Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and others!
2. Lending a helping hand to others
Volunteering your time to help others is always a wonderful way to make a difference and feel more connected to your community! Let your interests be your guide as you decide what you’re interested in doing as a volunteer. Perhaps you’d like to deliver groceries or meals to those who aren’t able to be in public. Maybe you love dogs and want to help at your local animal shelter. Or if you have skills like teaching art, a second language, or energy healing, you might volunteer your time to virtually offer classes or sessions to anyone needing some support.
3. Have a virtual film night
Another fun way to hang out while in different places is by sharing an experience such as watching the same movie or television show. Virtual watch parties make it possible to watch a movie at the same time, syncing up everyone’s start time. You can also chat while you watch on some platforms, or talk about the film after it’s over.
4. Host a virtual game night
Game night is another great way to have fun from afar! Plan a video call where you ask trivia questions to compete with friends or coworkers to see who can answer more of them correctly. Or try out a digital game platform such as Houseparty where you can play a number of different games together!
5. Spend time outdoors together
If you do live close by, meeting up outdoors can be a great way to connect while keeping everyone in your life healthy. You might plan to meet up in a park, or take a walk together. Exercise is a wonderful way to support your body and mind! Do something good for yourself while also connecting with your friends and family.
6. Write letters
Letters can be a powerful way to connect with people at any time! Sometimes it’s easier to fully express yourself with a written note. You might send a postcard from your hometown, decorate a page with arts and crafts, or simply share what’s happening in your life.
7. Join online community groups
If you’re feeling lonely during these times, try connecting with others through online support and community groups! No matter your interests, there’s bound to be a group out there where you can discuss your passions. From people passionate about sourdough, to our own Discover Healing Facebook group, there’s always someone to connect with about your interests.
8. Share recipes and cook together
Ask a few of your inner circle to send their favorite recipes, then choose a night to cook them! Sharing a meal even while far from one another can be a wonderful way to connect. You might chat on the phone as you cook, or share photos of your final culinary creations for a deeply connected evening.
9. Send thoughtful gifts
Sending a care package is a wonderful way to let someone know you care! A few creative ideas? Apps such as Doordash and Ubereats are meal delivery services that allow you to send dinner or a sweet treat to a loved one, even if they live in a different town. Perhaps you might pack up a box full of your homemade cookies, send a craft kit to a friend with kids (or a creative spirit!), or anything else you know your friend loves!
10. Release Trapped Emotions
Sometimes we can feel disconnected from our loved ones even when we are spending quality time with them. It could be that Trapped Emotions are holding you back from your fullest potential. When negative energies get trapped in our bodies, they can stop us from giving and receiving love freely. In fact, we have found that these emotions can become trapped around the heart, forming an energetic wall we refer to as a Heart-Wall. Heart-Wall Trapped Emotions are often responsible when someone feels as though they can’t connect deeply in their close relationships.
Tools such as The Emotion Code® and The Body Code™ can help balance energetic imbalances, free Trapped Emotions, and release Heart-Walls, bringing the body into a state where it is able to heal itself physically and emotionally. This can help you feel more connected to your friends and family even if you aren’t able to see them in person, and bring you closer even when you’re far apart!
No matter the distance between you, there’s always a way to connect, let people know you care, and give and receive love!