Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a great way to prevent disease spread during COVID-19. For those who are the caregivers of loved ones facing life-limiting illnesses, it’s easy to become emotionally distanced from people. Here are a few ways to avoid emotional distancing:
- Call friends whom you don’t get to see very often.
- Make time to spend with family and friends, even if it means communication through a screen. You can FaceTime or Skype with friends and family. Talk about your favorite memories. Read poetry together. Discuss your favorite books.
- Be sure to stay healthy — physically and mentally. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well!
- Take a deep breath. Stay grounded. Take a moment to think about what is important to you. Consider mindfulness practice.
- If faith is important to you, remember that many churches, synagogues and mosques are now offering live streaming of their services.
- If you like music, listen to your favorite album or playlist. Get out that instrument that you haven’t played in a while. Sing a tune.
- Practice gratitude. Get your sleep. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need help during these challenging times.
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