The other day I was in the grocery store and as I passed by other masked shoppers in the aisle it occurred to me that in our quest for safety during this pandemic we are losing our sense of connection. Simple gestures such as a smile from a stranger, a quick conversation about some small incidental thing, the feeling of community and comradery as we attend a sporting event, theater production, or music concert. All of these are activities and actions we took for granted in a pre-pandemic world. I assert that although we must at this moment in time deny ourselves of these experiences it does not change our innate desire and need for connection. If you are struggling with the effects of isolation at this time I have few suggestions that may help:
- Take time to talk with loved ones on a regular basis. Although it isn’t the same as face to face, spending time on a call or zoom can help remind us of our shared connectedness.
- Plan for the future. Difficult situations often feel permanent but planning for the future reminds us they are not.
- Take time for personal growth. Times of solitude can be times of growth and preparation. Identify how you can positively impact the lives of others with your gifts, talents, and insights.
As we continue to navigate this unusual and disruptive moment in time it is important to remember we are all connected in one way or another. We will come out of this experience stronger and with sincere gratitude for the gift of connecting.
Alicia Lurry LPC