How to Continue to Stay Connected to Family During Lockdown

One of the biggest and most obvious problems caused by the current crisis is the lack of face to face contact with family and friends.  But just because you can't see each other right now doesn't mean you can't stay connected.  And with lockdown set to continue it's vital to stay connected.  Here's how to stay connected to your family during lockdown.

Many studies have shown that close relationships help us to live longer and feel happier.  Thank goodness then that we live in an age of technology, where we can Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp, message, text, email and even call our friends and family.

During this lockdown, all of us have no option but to self isolate to stop the disease's spread. These extreme measures can put a strain on some relationships, especially close-knit families who see each other often and do things together.

Staying connected during a pandemic is challenging, but with plenty of time to connect you could come out of this lockdown even stronger than before.

Here are some practical ways to stay connected with your family when self-isolating:

Talk about the situation

Talking is the healthiest way of dealing with any emotional issues. If you want your relationships to survive lockdown, talk about the situation and how you will manage the separation.  What methods of communication you will adopt to stay in touch?  Make it a must to give each other regular updates until the period of isolation is over.

Check-in with texts and video calls

Check on your loved ones through regular texts and video calls.  We live in the technology era, which makes it possible to remain connected with people regardless of the distance.  It is even possible to have group calls where the whole family can participate in different locations.

Play online games together

Staying connected with family does not mean just talking and chatting. You have to incorporate other activities that you can do together. Playing games online, together as a family, can maintain the connection needed to get through a lockdown with minimum damage. There are different kinds of games online to suit various interests, such as board games, sports games, role play, strategy, adventure, and many more.

Work on a family project from a distance

Another way to reconnect with family members is to start a family project. A family project will ensure that you communicate frequently and will also bring about some challenges that you will have to work together to overcome, thereby uniting the family.

The family project does not have to be complicated; it could be starting a family YouTube channel, blogging, or business. You could also start researching your family history.

Plan a future family get-together or vacation

While you are in self-isolation or lockdown, try to work together as a family to plan the next gathering or family vacation. You can give each other tasks to do and make decisions together.

Planning together gives family members the feeling of being loved and being relevant, which plays a significant role in building connections and reconnecting for those who had lost touch.  Plus it gives you something to look forward to when you need it most.

Help each other with goals and resolutions

Encourage each other to come up with goals and resolutions. Discuss your goals and create vision boards you can share with each other.  You could even come up with a mutual vision board as a family.

Help each other evaluate past achievements and failures then map out new objectives for when the lockdown is over. By being involved in each other's lives, you build a stronger bond, guaranteed to withstand any crisis that may threaten to shake your walls.

Connecting has never been more important so reach out to your friends and family today.  And don't forget that you can still exchange friendly words, smiles and nods with perfect strangers when you're on your daily walk or waiting in line outside the supermarket.

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