Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Total Isolation
March 26, 2020
I confess, I’m a
self-proclaimed extrovert. And while I’m accustomed to working from home and
holding virtual meetings, being unable to personally interact with people is
Nonetheless, for the past 11
days, I’ve been isolating in the house. I’m one of the people that stocked up
on food and all the necessities in preparation for lockdown. I already had enough
toilet paper to sustain me for six months, so I was “all good” in that area.
Like most of us, the stress of
the coronavirus has been exhausting, distracting, and at times paralyzing as I
wake up each day to the news and hear about more and more lives lost to this
pandemic. I’ve also canceled three trips—a Thailand vacation, a women’s
business conference in Nashville (a tornado also hit that), and a trip to
Florida I was so looking forward to taking. Don’t even ask about the financial
impact of this.
In addition to keeping myself
busy helping clients with their crisis communications, I’ve been finding ways
to cope with this new normal, so I don’t feel so isolated. Here are five things
that have helped me:
- Daily Facetime Calls with Family and Friends—I’ve
made it a point to reach out to family and friends every day—especially the
older ones. It not only helps me connect with those I care about but gives me a
chance to get updates.
- Virtual Happy Hour—Good
friends of ours organized a virtual happy hour with five other couples. It was
fun. While I’m used to this technology, my husband initially didn’t understand
that we would be on camera. Once he got the gist of it, he decided to dress up
with a straw hat and sunglasses like we were joining our friends in Florida. Everyone
had their drinks and snacks in front of them. One of the couples even connected
from their boat.
- Virtual Dance Parties—I’m
the least comfortable with Instagram even though I have an account. However,
I’ve ventured on the site and participated in DJ Nice’s dance party. I figured
if it was good enough for Michelle Obama, Oprah and Gayle King, then it’s good
enough for me. I also took Debbie Allen’s virtual salsa class.
- Binge Movie Watching—Under
normal circumstances, I’m not big on TV watching. It’s usually on as background
noise. The only show I watch regularly is “This Is Us.” I even participated in
a Facebook Watch Party with some friends from around the country for the
finale. Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched the 30 for 30 Michael Vick story,
Madame CJ Walker’s story, and I’m currently in the second season of “All
American” on Netflix.
Quality Time with My Husband—My cousin sent me a meme that said, “Day 2
without sports. Found a lady sitting on my couch. Apparently, she’s my wife.
She seems nice!” That about sums it up in my house. I’m married to a sports
guy who loves anything that bounces or rolls. When they recently canceled all
sports events, I thought he was going to go into a deep depression. However,
during this time, we’ve had more quality time together—cooking, cleaning,
playing games, and just general conversation. I’ve even watched some of his
sports commentator shows! It’s been fun, and I think I’ll keep this guy!
Let me know how you’ve been
spending your social distancing time?