Wellness Wednesday: How to Improve Social Wellness During Covid-19
In honor of our new Wellness Wednesday series, we’re exploring the topic of social wellness. In the wake of Covid-19 changing the daily routine of our lives with social distancing guidelines and “stay-at-home” orders in most states, it’s time to figure out a way to cope with all this isolation. You may be missing your friends, extended family, co-workers, and even chatting with random people you meet each day, like your friendly neighborhood barista at your local coffee shop. That guy probably misses you too! Times are tough right now amid this coronavirus pandemic. But keep in mind, we’re all in this together.
Now, more than ever you need to connect with people socially without being anywhere near them physically. Easier said than done, right? Maintaining social wellness is vital for your mental health, and luckily some of our technology can help us achieve that all important connection with others during this difficult time. Let’s look at some of the best ways to improve social wellness during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Being able to see your friends and family in a virtual way through video conferencing is amazing. This is especially helpful for grandparents who are unable to see all the adorable things their grandkids are doing right now at home. You can video conference with just about anyone you want to on your computers, tablets, or smartphones. Services like Skype, Zoom, and Facetime through Apple devices is the way to connect on this level. If you have never used a videoconferencing app, it's surprisingly easy to learn, so don't worry if your tech skills aren't up to speed. All of these apps have great instructions to make using them a breeze.
Write a Letter
This may sound a little old-fashioned, but writing out letters or cards right now is an excellent way to make someone feel special. Snail mail is still fun to get in this modern era of emailing and texting. So get out some pretty stationary, plain paper, or cards you may have lying around your house and get writing. All those friends and family you write to will probably be inspired to write you back. At least getting mail is something to look forward to. You can also get your kids involved, even the little ones who are too young to write letters, can draw pictures with markers or crayons. Make it an art project and brighten someone's day with each letter you send out.
Have a Virtual Spa Party
Set up a virtual spa party with some of your beauty loving friends on the Zoom app. Have everyone get out their favorite beauty products and do masks, exfoliators, and hydration treatments together. You may learn some new beauty tips and tricks from your friends during this virtual spa get together. If you need some skincare inspiration, check out our How-To Videos at Sdara Skincare for tutorials on things like using your Derma Roller and applying Vitamin C Serum the correct way.
Play Games With Those You are Isolating With
If you have family, a partner, or spouse you are isolating with at home, it’s time to bring out those board games you never play anymore. Games like Monopoly, Life, Apples to Apples, Taboo, or even a basic deck of cards for Crazy 8s is a fun way to connect and pass the time. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll chat and laugh playing games you don’t normally play much anymore. Scrabble, anyone?
Try Online Dating
If you have ever thought about dipping your toe into the online dating pool, now might be the time to get started. Even though you can’t see any of these people you may want to date in person while social distancing, you can connect online and chat. This will give you a head start in getting to know someone before you meet them in person when this crisis is over.
Get Social Media Accounts
More than likely you probably have a Facebook account, but if you don’t now is the time to get your social online activity going strong. Start Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Explore using Tik Tok or Snapchat. Connect with some old friends from high school or college. Message with extended family members. Reach out to old coworkers. There are so many people online now with social media accounts that you can connect with practically anyone.
Call Call Call
Remember old school landline phones? This may seem like a novel concept in a world where most people are texting all the time, but it’s a good idea to just pick up the phone and make a call. Hearing someone’s voice is vastly different from a text. Call your aunt, uncle, cousins, old friends, or anyone in your life you may just want to check in on during this time. You can just use your smartphone to call, obviously, because clearly most of us don’t have landlines anymore.
The main goal with social wellness is to keep connected with people in this time of just staying home. People need these social connections to stay mentally fit. With these tips and suggestions you should be able to greatly improve your social wellness, which will naturally lead to more happiness in this trying time. Above all at Sdara Skincare we wish everyone health and safety during this coronavirus pandemic.