For me (and maybe this is true for a lot of you reading this), I've had a lot of ups and downs in my relationships and connections during this time. I've had moments when I've gotten the chance to speak with people I don't normally keep in touch with. I've had insightful and supportive conversations with friends about current events. There have been moments of fun and silliness on Zoom and FaceTime calls. But I've also experienced extreme loneliness. I've felt depressed and so disconnected from the world and the people in my life. There have been communication problems. There's been heartbreak and distancing from some people.
And it doesn't end at your connections with others. Whether you're quarantining alone or not, you've probably had a lot of time with just yourself. Maybe more than you've ever had in your life. Since I live alone, I've gotten to know myself a lot better, which has included a lot of honest and difficult introspection and soul-searching. And I'm still working through it!
All of this is to say that I am still actively seeking new ways to stay connected with myself and others because if there's anything I've learned from these last couple of months, it's that connection is so important to our well-being. Maybe you're feeling the same way. If you are, we pulled together a list of action items that could help. We'd also love to hear of any tips you might have, too, so send us a DM or leave a comment on Instagram.