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How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

Craving connection, whether physical, emotional, or intellectual one, is deeply ingrained in the biology of human beings. Social creatures by nature, humans have been forming social groups since the beginning of time, hunting, traveling, and living together as a part of a small but functional community. It was the fear of loneliness and isolation that kept our ancestors alive, and our social connections became an integral part of our identity.

Fast forward to present day, and connection and community are more important than ever before, especially when we consider the global health crisis we are currently facing. In the time when social distancing, among other restrictions and rules, is essential to containing the spread of coronavirus, staying socially connected may come as a challenge, at least in the physical sense. That said, there are ways to remain connected with our communities during COVID-19 pandemic, both with the help of digital tools and beyond them.

Rely on video chats to stay connected

How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

Technological advancements have made remote communication far less complex and much more convenient. Nowadays, there is a wide range of video calling apps we can use to remain connected while on the go, whether the other person is down the street, in the city nearby, or on the other side of the globe.

Because they can be such a wonderful source of connection and help us foster closeness, it is important that we don’t take video chats for granted. Instead, we should try to make the most of what they offer to us and treat them the same way we would treat, for instance, an in-person dinner date. Simply sitting down with a cup of coffee and calling up our loved ones can be a meaningful experience, especially if we make a conscious effort to commit to those calls and focus all our attention on those virtual conversations.

Maintain social health by becoming a part of the community

How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

Feeling like we belong to a community is essential for maintaining social and mental health. However, as we grow older, we find that cultivating meaningful relationships may come as a challenge. Right now, when we have little to no options when it comes to face-to-face interactions, joining a virtual community on one of the digital outlets can be the perfect solution for fostering a sense of connection with people our age during these turbulent times.

With a couple of clicks, you can easily find social groups for seniors you can join and give a boost to your social life in your autumn years. Platforms like these are perfect for making new friends and companions and staying in touch when direct contact is not an option. And, when it’s safe, you can use the platform to organize get-togethers and meet up in-person, taking those meaningful connections to the next level.

Connect with loved ones through activities in nature

How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s no secret that socially active individuals tend to live longer, more fulfilling lives compared to individuals who don’t engage in social activities as often. When social interactions take place in nature, that’s when the benefits of social activities multiply, and we get to reap some additional mental health benefits.

Reconnecting with loved ones through nature-oriented activities sans distractions, whether that means hiking, walking, or camping, provides us with a sense of clarity and helps us connect with others at a deeper level. Spending time in nature is also proven to boost immunity, reduce anxiety and depression, and create an all-around feeling of peace and serenity – all of which are much-needed during such a stressful period.

Rely on hobbies to bond with others

How to Foster a Sense of Connection and Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a time when many of us have more free time on their hands than usual, an engaging hobby can provide the much-needed boost not only to our mood but also to our social lives. Other than being fun and productive pastime activities, hobbies can also be a source of motivation and interaction that can help us connect with individuals who share common interests.

Whether that means joining a local book club, signing up for dance lessons, or making artistic flower arrangements, finding a hobby you enjoy will keep you engaged while also allowing you to create bonds with like-minded individuals during the pandemic.

Wrapping up

In our increasingly isolated world, fostering a sense of connection and community has never been more important than now when we are facing a global pandemic.

And even though the COVID-19 restrictions and rules are still impeding us in our aims to truly connect with others (in a physical sense), there are still many ways to maintain healthy relationships with those who share our views and values and create connections that will make us feel loved, safe, and secure during these trying times.

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Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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