Newsletter Tip #1: Create a Shared Activity

I hope that all of you are safe and sound with loved ones.

Obviously, things are different now.  It’s hopefully once in a lifetime that we face a crisis like this, and while challenging, it’s also an opportunity for all of us to step up.  We can all step into the breach and be there for our loved ones, friends, neighbors and strangers in new and creative ways.  

I am committing myself to providing you with one tip a day for the next few weeks. My intention is to help ground all of us during this experience. If there’s any other information that I can provide to you or others to be of service, please let me know.

Daily Tip #1 

Create a shared activity (virtual or IRL)

Virtual – Even if you are weathering this crisis alone, you have access to the Internet (something to be thankful for). You can use it to play games with others via Facetime, Zoom or Skype. You can decide on a shared movie and watch it together (I will be doing this with some friends this Saturday night). You can collaborate on a Spotify playlist and share music. You can send recipes and have a virtual dinner party. I suggest trying to see other people’s faces – it will excite your mirror neurons which will help you feel more connected and calm.

IRL – If you are with people you love, you can plan an ongoing activity – like a puzzle or an extremely elaborate Lego set. My family has chosen to play one inning of family wiffle ball every day. (FYI, as of writing this, we are in the fourth inning and my daughter and I are leading 8-5). 

For any of you who want to join the group for a virtual meal, we will be hosting a Virtual group Breakfast this Friday morning, March 20th at 8:00am EST.  If you would like to attend, please register via this link and we’ll email you with instructions on how to join.  For our friends in other time zones, we’ll be reaching out to coordinate another time – stay tuned!

Finally, the purpose of this message is to calm your nerves, not exacerbate them. But I must reinforce the importance of social distancing during this time. Many of you are already taking the necessary precautions, but should you know of people that need a more urgent nudge to take this situation seriously, I’ve crafted an email that you’re more than welcome to copy & paste to share. It includes the reality and outcomes as a result of people not understanding their role and impact within the larger picture.

Stay smart, stay safe – hug your loved ones & we’ll get through this together.