How to Feel Connected and Keep Your Spirits Up While You Stay at Home
When you work from home, you must work harder to maintain your relationships simply because you don’t have the random office interactions that most people take for granted.
Those random meetings help you feel more connected, help you move your projects forward and help you get face time with key influential staffers. When you are quarantined, it is necessary to put a bit more effort to connect with friends and family too.
I’ve been working remotely for almost 10 years and have had lived out of a suitcase for a few years as a sales rep for a Fortune 500 company. I’ll be honest with you; it takes time and effort to cultivate real relationships when you don’t physically see your team.
When you make the effort, you will be rewarded with feelings of connection, support, and less loneliness and isolation. Since the world is dealing with so much uncertainty, we need to destress and help each other.
Here are my top 5 tips to nurture your relationships and have some fun while you are home:
- Schedule “Coffee Chats” with coworkers to catch up on projects or check-in to see how they are doing
- Reach out to your friends and schedule “Watch Parties” where you watch the same movie or show at the same time and talk on the phone or video chat
- Spark some Nostalgia with an old friend or close family member. Share old photos online and go through them together. Watch a classic movie at the same time. Laugh at an old inside joke.
- Reach out to folks you haven’t talked with in a while and ask them how they are doing and if there’s anything you can do to help them
- Make sure you have a video calling app to have face to face conversations – Google Duo for Android, Facetime for iPhone, Zoom, WebEx, whatever you’d like
We’re living in miraculous times where connections are made at the blink of an eye, the tap of a thumb, and the click of a mouse. We can never replace human interaction, but these simple actions can be powerful and meaningful to those we connect with. -Christy Turlington
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