Creative ways of staying connected and engaged
March 24, 2020
So here we are spending more time at home and imposing self-isolation from friends, family and the community. This new way of life is certainly not for the long-term however it can feel daunting and even lonely at times. Be recognises the importance of staying connected, engaged and supported during this time so we have pulled together some engaging and useful resources.
Virtual visits with family and friends
Schedule your next morning tea or afternoon cuppa with your family using one of the many free video communication tools available on your smartphone, tablet or desktop device. This is such a great way to stay connected at a time when social visits and events have been postponed. Try using one of the many tools such as Messenger by Facebook, Skype and Facetime app.
Mindfulness and meditation
Take care of your wellbeing and give yourself a break from constant news updates. Whether its just five minutes or 30 minutes, look at introducing mindfulness or meditation practises into your day to rest your mind. Try meditating to one of the many meditation music tracks on YouTube, or download a meditation app such as Timeless, try yoga for beginners or simply lay back in your favourite chair and focus on taking quality breathes in and out- every little bit counts!
Stimulate your mind
Don’t forget to look after your cognitive health at this time. Why not read a book that’s been on your list for a while or re-read an old favourite and remember why you loved it the first time. Even though our local libraries are temporarily closed they have an abundance of online resources available including free movies, free eBooks and audio books. This is the perfect time to join an online book club and share your good reads with like-minded people far and wide.
Stay physically fit around the home
It’s time to be resourceful and look at new ways to keep active and move your body around your home and local area. Practice stretching or why not try yoga to focus on balance and flexibility. Regular walking groups might have been cancelled so pop on comfortable shoes and take a stroll down the street and admire your neighbours gardens as you exercise.
Adopt a Pen-Pal
Teach a young loved one, friend or neighbour the timeless joy of letter writing and become pen-pals. This is such a beautiful way to stay connected and you will most certainly learn something new about your new pen-pal.
Embrace the world of YouTube
YouTube has so much to offer from how-to-videos, exercise tutorials, movie reviews or loose yourself in the many videos of cute cats and dogs to lift your mood. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by using technology, the Queensland Government has a number of free resources here to develop your skills and build confidence when it comes to using technology.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness it is important to raise these feelings with your family and care provider. Be are continuing to deliver care services and essential transport during this time and we are here to help.