Isolation is NOT easy.
We all experienced it to some degree or another during lockdown. Friends and family became just a face on a screen, and long-distance relationships took on a whole new meaning. While cities are beginning to open up again, many people still struggle with feeling alone and are longing for connection.
But GIRL, despite how it feels, one thing that COVID cannot take from us is COMMUNITY. I know that seems crazy, but with all the technology we have at our fingertips there are still ways to find community when we’re forced to be alone (beyond Facetiming your friends).
Hear me out – I love talking to my friends and family as much as the next person, but sometimes Zooming and Facetime get old. If you’re feeling Zoomed out, too, here are some other inspiring ways to feel that sense of community.
1. Exchange letters
Let’s go old school for this first one. Writing letters to loved ones requires intentionality and is a great way to show your friends you are thinking about them. What’s even better is that you can keep the notes forever and re-read them to feel that sense of connection, despite being apart.
2. DTC virtual events
Even if you are feeling Zoomed out, trust me when I say that DTC events always leave me feeling inspired and empowered. They are great opportunities to talk to amazing women and share your struggles. Activities like Trash it! help you overcome your negative thoughts by throwing them away (literally). Attending a DTC event is the PERFECT way to find community when you’re alone.
3. Listen to a podcast
A good podcast will make you feel like you’re having a casual conversation with an old friend. Personally, I enjoy playing podcasts in the background when I’m doing busywork or chores; honestly, it helps me feel more connected to other people. If you’re not a podcast person, no worries! But here are some of our favorites, including Ditch the Clique’s podcast — The REAL Women of 20(20)!
4. Watch your favorite creator go live on social media
This may seem weird, but hear me out. Whenever I watch my favorite creators (either on Instagram or TikTok) on live, it’s so comforting. It’s like I’m having a conversation with them and really getting to know their personality. What’s even better — if the creator is small enough, you can ask them questions in the chat and actually interact in real time!
5. Listen to a live-version of your favorite song
Throwback to the good old days of concerts. I know from experience that just by closing your eyes and listening to your favorite artist live, it feels like you’re back in the venue, surrounded by other people, all connected by your love for music. This is a quick, simple way to feel connected to others, even if just for a moment. We’ll be back there soon, don’t worry.
6. Do an activity over Zoom
When you miss your friends and family and REALLY want to see their faces, take your Zoom calls to the next level by doing fun activities together. You can cook a meal, make art, or even play a game. Websites like Jackbox games and Codenames lets you play fun group games online and are always good for a laugh.
Being alone and away from family is hard, but don’t trick yourself into thinking that you can’t find connection in other ways. Hopefully these ideas, along with Ditch the Clique’s Instagram and TikTok, can all be a resource to help you feel inspired and connected throughout the week.
who is the author, April?
April Hooper is a public relations student at Messiah University, minoring in marketing and gender studies. She always has a coffee in hand and is rocking a thrifted outfit with handmade accessories. When she graduates, she dreams of living abroad, owning as many cats as possible, and writing for a living.
Wardrobe courtesy of Rue Saint Paul.