Kira M Ingredient #2: Connection
So the second ingredient of resilience is connection. And I was asked this morning, actually, how we can support people who have been living alone this whole time or people who are single and don’t have maybe an extended or bigger family around them immediately to support things. And what we can do to increase connection and support connection for people in those circumstances.
And connection is tricky because I’ve said this many times, we did ourselves a disservice at the beginning by calling this social distancing rather than physical distancing. We need social connection with people, just human beings need that.
So the recommendations that I would have with regard to connection include just being thankful that number one, we have the technology in 2020 and 2021 to reach out online and connect to people around ideas and around social issues that you feel strongly about. There are ways to connect around hobbies. For example, you can participate in a knitting group or in a quilting group. I have clients who do this online, so it’s a virtual thing, but you’re showing your work, you’re discussing ideas, you’re running things by other people.
So you kind of have to be creative about connection, but it doesn’t always have to be physical presence. Somebody in your living room with you. There’s lots of ways you can connect over the internet, even though it’s maybe not as ideal, it still works for people.