How Do You Cope with the Emotional Toll of Social Distancing?

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How Do You Cope with the Emotional Toll of Social Distancing?

By Blair Potter | Apr 6, 2020

“We can actually be CLOSER in spirit and mind to one another, even by way of short, shared 10-minute calls.”

Dawn-Rasmussen Lisa-Meller Elizabeth-Sullivan

“This is a tough one. I am a hugger and love being with my friends. Virtual connections via videoconferencing help, but it’s not 100 percent effective. I’ve participated in several Zoom happy hours with industry friends, and it is so great to see everyone. But in an ironic twist, it’s the human-to-human interaction that meetings and events provide that brings the most emotional lift—and that’s the precise thing none of us can do right now. My husband keeps asking if I am doing OK (he’s the introvert, I’m the extrovert) because he knows how much I thrive in my social relationships. I’m doing OK and getting lots of hugs from him. In the meantime, my cats are looking quite bewildered because I want to pick them up all the time. LOL.”

Dawn Rasmussen, CMP
Pathfinder Writing and Career Services
MPI Oregon Chapter

“My family, friends and colleagues have continued to maintain a sense of social cohesion by encouraging more face-to-face calls and chats, and we’ve even implemented for the first time EVER family room-to-family room live video calls with loved ones around the country. We all laughed about our first one, wondered why it took us so long to take advantage of the technology and decided we need to incorporate these activities into our daily lives. We can actually be CLOSER in spirit and mind to one another, even by way of short, shared 10-minute calls where we ‘toast’ together at Sunday night dinners. I’m getting a Zoom Room camera for the house! I’m also staying close and true to my personal vision word for 2020: ‘illuminate.’ I continue to strive to be a positive ray of light and to offer warmth, brightness and cheer to everyone with whom I interact. A little kindness goes a long way, and smiles ARE contagious!”

Lisa Meller, CMP, CIS, CED
Meller Performance Events Group
MPI Orange County Chapter

“It is important for your physical and mental health to exercise. I take walks or run outside—being careful to keep away from others—or use an exercise app to do short intense workouts in my home. Stepping away from the computer periodically helps as well. It is important to know how to social distance and understand the importance of doing so. Make sure the information you are getting is accurate—there is a lot of speculation out there.”

Elizabeth Sullivan, CMP
Kaiser Permanente
MPI Northern California Chapter

 
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Blair Potter
Blair Potter

Blair Potter is managing editor for The Meeting Professional. He likes toys and collects cats (or is it the other way around?).