You want to know the biggest problem with self-isolation? The isolation part. Many of us are lucky enough to share our lockdown with our significant others, our kids and in some cases our parents. We might still feel blue from time to time (we’re all only human), but being close to those we love plays a huge part in our ability to power through the current pandemic and remain hopeful and optimistic. While we may be prone to cabin fever sometimes, and even feel as though you’re getting under one another’s feet, you know that the current crisis would be much harder to bear alone.
And for at least some of your friends or family members, that will be the reality. Someone in your contacts list right now will be unable to engage with those closest to them, and their state of isolation may start to erode their physical and mental health. You may yearn to give these loved ones a hug, but know that’s not possible. But fear not, there are lots of other ways to show them you love them.
You can’t send a hug over the internet. But you can show someone you love a friendly face, let them hear your voice and help them to feel as though they’re not alone. Video chat has become so easy to use these days that even older smartphone users can master it without needing to get a tech savvy teen to explain how it works. Video chat is the closest thing we can get in the digital realm to a face to face conversation but it can do lonely friends and family the power of good.
Send a custom made newsletter or magazine
A letter in the post is great. It is a keepsake that tells someone you love that you miss and value them, while also keeping them caught up with how things are going at your end. However, with the help of a good reprographics company, you can take it to the next level. Send them a glossy newsletter with humorous anecdotes from your home life rephrased as jokey news headlines. Feel like going the extra mile? Why not get a magazine printed and sent to a few carefully chosen friends and family members?
Send flowers or a plant
Being confined to your home is so much more pleasant when you’re able to bring a little bit of the great outdoors indoors. Flowers and plants don’t just beautify your home, they make it a more restful and calming place to be. They oxygenate the space while also brightening it visually. Why not show someone you love them by sending some flowers or a beautiful house plant?
Send a book
Finally, we’re all desperate for a little extra entertainment on lockdown. But while it may be tempting to binge season after season of TV on Netflix, this can actually be detrimental to our wellbeing. Why not share the gift of a good book with someone you love? Even in the digital age, there’s nothing like the look and feel of a good book. Plus, it’s a friend they can keep for life.