In two of our blog posts last week, we explored how to tackle having your children home and shared some tips and tricks on working remotely; now we explore one of the biggest challenges of social isolation – the lack of human connection.
Even in our digital world with technology advancements driving the fourth industrial revolution and social skills seeming to be in decline with everyone glued to their smartphones, we are now experiencing first hand just how much we are still social human beings as we begin to feel the impact of the lack of social interactions.
Our fast-paced society was custom to being on-the-go constantly, hopping on a plane for business or pleasure, running around to get things done, all the while constantly stating that there just wasn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Now, as a society, we are trying to wrap our heads around what we see in the media, while juggling our temporary virtual reality.
Disney World is empty, Times Square is empty, great monuments around the world that are usually packed are now looking like ghost towns.
In our digital world today, we are lucky to have the technology to still be connected to one another on videos and social media, but we still are a very social society where we enjoy human interaction and connections.
So how can we still feel “connected” to one another during a time when we are social distancing to keep everyone safe?
We are seeing people in Europe singing from their balconies, children writing messages to one another on their driveways and communities adding Christmas lights up again to spread cheer.
Here’s some tips and tricks that I have been seeing trending in our temporary virtual world and how video platforms like FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting and other video platforms are keeping people connected.
Laura Levenson, Global Practice Leader, is used to working remote, unless she is traveling for business. She shares her advice on how to beat the lonely blues during this time.
For me, it's what you'd expect: 15 minutes of meditation in the a.m. - preferably at the same time every day (usually 8:45 am between my a.m. cups of coffee) and in nice weather, I take a walk every afternoon at about 5 to 5:30. Come back and work again till 6-6:30. evening yoga at 7 and dinner at 8:30! If I can stick to most of that almost every day, I feel pretty good.Laura Levenson
When you think about the small things that we have taken for granted until now – like shaking someone’s hand when you first meet them, walking around a busy airport, opening a door to a client’s office, running to the store to grab something you forgot, or meeting a friend – you realize just how much our social world has shrunk.