Staying connected can help pass the time and ease loneliness or anxiety and help people feel more supported.
Telephone and messaging
Telephone a loved one to hear their voice or send a text message to keep in touch. Speak to others - pick up the telephone and talk to somebody. It’s good to be able to speak to someone to share hints and tips about how to keep occupied in the day and stay healthy, or just to chat about what was on TV the night before.
You can create and share content on social media platforms such as:
Seeing a friendly face can lift your spirits and there are many ways of having a video chat, such as:
Why not make a coffee date with someone you miss, or sit down for dinner together via video link, you could even decide on a time to watch a film or complete an online crossword together.
More ways to stay connected
- Maintain your social networks / draw on support through friends, family, neighbours and other networks. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine.
- Ask loved ones for help if you need to know how to use new kinds of technology for the first time.
- Connect with others in a similar situation e.g. join a peer support community.
- Age Cymru offer a check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 70s in Wales who live alone. Find out more about Age Cymru's check in and chat
Stay Connected to Nature
- Keep your windows open to let in fresh air.
- Get as much natural sunlight if you can.
- Get outside into the garden / sit on your doorstep.
- Go for a walk outdoors; however, stay more than 2 metres (6ft) from others (unless self-isolating).
- Have flowers / plants around the house. Grow plants on windowsills.
- Listen to natural sounds e.g. by using apps.
- If you can’t get out, try drawing a picture of nature to bring it into the room