The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for those who thrive on human contact. Are you one of those people for whom isolation has ratcheted up your anxiety a few notches? You’re not alone. But we’re all in this together. And it seems like a good time for Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm to offer some suggestions for anyone who misses the invigorating connections they can make with other live beings.
When you can’t be physically present with your loved ones, here are four ways to stay connected:
- Visit them online.
Arrange to share a meal using video conferencing apps such as Facebook Chat, Skype, Zoom, and Facetime. You’ll be surprised how much it feels like you’re in the same room. You can even use these apps to play a game, throw a dance party, or play music together.
- Write a letter.
Putting pen to paper (okay, you can also type out a letter and print it out) may seem old-fashioned, but making the effort to share your news and drop it in the U.S. mail conveys a sincere desire to stay connected. Plus, who doesn’t love to get a letter in the mail?
- Call the senior folks.
Loneliness can hit the elderly hard. If it isn’t safe to visit in person, you can check in with them by phone. Call them often. Even if there’s not a lot to say, your phone call will mean so much – and yours may be the only voice they hear that day. Be the calm in the storm for your elderly aunts, uncles, or grandparents.
- Remember the young.
There’s been a lot of attention put on the needs of the elderly during this crisis, and rightly so. However, many kids may not be faring so well. They miss their friends, their teachers, and their routines. High school and college seniors may be mourning the loss of cherished rites of passage such as prom and senior outings. So stay in touch with your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and younger friends by phone, text, or social media.
Remembering others and connecting with them even during these difficult times is one way to stay healthy and happy. If you need us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center to regain healthy feet, contact us online or call our Centreville office (Fairfax County, Virginia) at (703) 996-3000 for an appointment with Dr. Wilhelm.