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Don't Let Social Distancing Keep You from Communicating

A great tip to maintain a sense of community while following Social Distancing guidelines.

Physical distance between us and our loved ones may be one of the most difficult but necessary measures to ensure our safety, but that doesn't mean we have to be emotionally distant! Now more than ever we have the opportunity to take initiative and reach out to our loved ones.

During this time, some have made it their goal to call or video chat at least two contacts every day to wish them well. Whether that means catching up with the grandkids, checking on a neighbor, or reconnecting with old friend - regularly having contact with people can ease stress, loneliness and boredom.

How can we do it? The good old fashioned telephone works well, but technology has now given us even greater options to have live video conferences with one or even multiple people. If you are interested in learning how to use these tools, we've found simple online tutorials to help you get started:

  1. FaceTime - If you have a Mac product, you may already be familiar with this popular tool.

  2. Zoom - This web conferencing app allows you to connect with many people at once. Some have even used Zoom to hold virtual choir practice, play games and hold church services.

  3. WhatsApp - This chat app has a video feature that allows users of Android and Apple products to stream videos to each other

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