At a time when health professionals are advising "social distancing" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we still should be connecting with each other and supporting our family and friends. Today's technology makes reaching out safe and simple.
My wife and I video chat with our daughter in Spain at least once a week. We use a Google app called "hangouts" (while chatting we can see her and she can see us). It's easy, it's free, and we always feel better after a nice chat.
Sending out greeting cards is another way to make friends, family and yourself feel good. You can use email and a program like Blue Mountain to send out fun cards. Using the U.S. mail is still an option as well.
Many years ago, I used to enjoy playing chess at a couple of parks in New York. Both parks had concrete chess tables and there was always a game going on. Today, you can play live chess on line at chess.com. It's free and it's fun.
Can't go to the club to work out? You can join an exercise group online. My wife just ordered a yoga mat from Amazon and, with a little help from the television, the computer, YouTube, Netflix, etc., she can work out whenever she wants to.
Is it safe to play golf? From what I have read, it seems so. New protocols to keep players and workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. It seems to be the same with tennis. No handshakes, no hugging, and no high-fives. Tapping racquets makes sense from six feet away.
But, if you are still feeling golf or tennis deprived, you can supplement your physical game with virtual golf or virtual tennis. I have played virtual golf on famous courses all over the world and it was a lot of fun ... and easy to get mulligans!
I am not discounting social distancing, isolation and being as cautious as we can. But I also think it is important to do things that you enjoy to add fun to your life during these trying times.
In fact, I am told that reducing stress and anxiety could improve one's physical health. That's because studies have shown that too much stress can affect your immune system, which could result in you being more likely to get sick.
Using your computer, you can also review the most current information in order to make the best health decisions for yourself and your family. It is important to rely on trusted sources.
I have been on the internet trying to make heads and tails of everything that is going on. Since the news reports are changing by the hour, processing all the statistics and information can be overwhelming.
One report that I read indicated that the risk to the general public is low and most of those who do get sick will experience mild flu-like symptoms and recover. Well, that might be a patch of blue in all those gray clouds that are looming above.
At the same time, I have been relying on my computer a lot for both work and fun things to help me keep my sanity during these crazy times.
Larry Stoller is a real estate broker-owner of Real Estate Five of the Lowcountry who gets a lot of good ideas from his wife, Helene Stoller, who is a psychologist and mental health provider in Bluffton.