With everything that’s going on right now, it’s easy to feel isolated in both our professional and our personal lives. But how do we combat it? How do people, so used to being social, communicate in a time where it feels so difficult to do so? Netflix can be a great distraction at the weekends but if you’re working from home and you’ve gone from interacting with your colleagues on a daily basis to suddenly having Siri as the only ‘person’ you’ll speak to during the working day, then feelings of isolation can hit hard.
Digital methods can work wonders in times like these. So, I’ve put together my top tips for combating loneliness both at work and at home.
1. Social media = your best friend
With things being so uncertain and government guidelines changing on a daily basis, social media is a great way to keep your clients, partners and suppliers updated with company policies and how things are running. Still in the office? Share it on social. Working from home? Send out a tweet. Back in the office the next day? Update on social. Hotel? Trivago.
Additionally, now is a good time to interact with your network; like that picture, retweet that tweet and share that video. It feels like everybody could do with a little extra love right now. Just make sure you ignore all the fake news and scaremongering going on – only read your news from reliable sources!
2. Send updates to your database
Similar to social media, emailers can be a great way of sending out updates to a wide network of people, straight into their inbox. If you’re an emailer-novice, tools like Mailchimp have free templates and designs that you can use if you’re unsure about where to start. Alternatively, techy agencies like ourselves can create you more bespoke emailers and templates for use on an on-going basis.
3. Hangout on hangouts
There’s so many different ways of video chatting but here at The Dairy, our favourite is Google Hangouts (with integration through Slack if you must know – technology ey?). Whatever the method, video calls can be a great alternative to internal catch ups or client meetings. It’s widely known that things can be miscommunicated over email, so discussing topics over a digital-face-to-face, helps keep things clear with little room for misunderstandings. Yes, we could just have a good old fashioned phone call, but where’s the fun in that!
1. Social media: a place for inspiration
As well as helping to keep in touch with friends, social media can also be a really inspiring place. Follow your favourite accounts to see what others are doing during self isolation and who knows, maybe you’ll feel motivated to join them in learning a new skill or getting involved in some proper self care.
At the moment, a lot of people are trying their hardest to make the best out of what is a really awful situation. As a result, they are keeping their followers up-to-date with positive news in an attempt to lift spirits.
For example, did you know that the decline in Italy’s tourism has meant that Venice’s canals are clear for the first time in hundreds of years? They’re so clean, dolphins have reclaimed the waters! An even cuter story; whilst people have been self isolating, a group of 14 elephants wandered freely into a village in southwest China. They stumbled upon 30 litres of corn wine, proceeded to consume every drop and were later found drunkenly asleep in a nearby tea garden. Now that’s the kind of content we need right now.
2. Feed your soul
Always wanted to learn to cook? Been meaning to get stuck into that book that’s been gathering dust on the shelf? Downloaded Couch to 5k but never started it? Now is the perfect time to do the things that you don’t normally have the time or motivation to do.
Spend a little extra time on yourself and it will benefit you no end both mentally and physically. Then when this all blows over, you’ll be experiencing more self-accomplishment than you can shake a stick at.
3. Facetime dates
Usually head to the pub with your friends on a Saturday night? Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t still engage with your friends. Infact, it’s important now more than ever to keep yourself connected to the ones you love. So whether it’s having a couple of digital drinks or syncing up and binge watching your favourite series together, why not arrange to facetime your friends? I heard from a trusted source that facetime is the new nightclub anyway.
Hopefully these tips will come in handy in the coming weeks. It is bound to be an extremely difficult time for everybody but hopefully we will come out the other side more united than ever before by using digital platforms to stay connected and motivated.
Take care everybody x