How to Stay Connected When You Can’t Be Together

Social interaction is a basic human need. We look to the connections we make in our churches, schools, workplaces, restaurants, gyms and other gathering spots to promote our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Print or download this helpful sheet to give to loved ones.

But in this time of social distancing, the interactions we so desperately need to thrive are becoming increasingly restricted. As the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to increase, even Texas Health has refined its visitor policy to protect those who need care as well as those who provide care. The reason being: social distancing can make a difference.

A recent news segment from WFAA News describes some of the science behind social distancing, and why we need to be mindful of the restrictions. The reality is that one sick person is likely to infect two others, who will infect two others and so on. The more we can refrain from physical interactions, the more we will be able to contain the coronavirus spread.

While social distancing is important, it can be especially isolating for individuals who are hospitalized, live in nursing homes, or are not located close to friends and family. The good news is there are ways to stay connected while keeping at a distance.

The Virtual Video Chat 

To get the human interactions so many are craving right about now, people are increasingly turning to technology. Phone calls, text messages and video chats on a smartphone, laptop or tablet can be a lifesaver for bringing loved ones together. Conversations that happen in real-time by way of video calls especially foster closeness and can curb boredom.

To carve out a chunk of time for loved ones, start a video chat with them and leave it running for an hour or two in the background as you go about your day. The bond will be there even if the physical togetherness isn’t.

To Start a Video Call

If your smartphone, laptop or tablet has a camera, there is a good chance you have an app already installed to make a video call.

Using FaceTime (Apple Devices)

  • Select the FaceTime app.
  • Select the blue + in the top right corner.
  • Start typing the person’s name in the To: field or click the blue + icon to search your phone’s Contacts.
  • A green button will appear. Select Video to make a video call.

Using Google Duo (Android Devices)

  • Select the Google Duo app.
  • In the “Search Contact or Dial” field, type the person’s name or dial their phone number. You can also scroll up to find a person’s name.
  • Once you select their name, a blue Video Call button will appear.

Additional apps you can download or websites you can use to connect include:

If a smartphone, laptop or tablet isn’t available, consider using a standard phone to speak with friends and family. No matter the means, the interaction and connection will likely lift your spirits.

Being confined doesn’t mean you have to be or feel alone. Texas Health Behavioral Health is there with you to provide personalized health and wellbeing services. You can connect with an experienced professional at 682-236-6023.

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