10 Tips to Stay Connected During Lockdown
by Irene Draisma
As we have entered a third Lockdown in the Netherlands and with the holidays approaching, many of us start to long for connection. How can we find creative ways to deal with these limitations and still feel connected? Here is a list to stay connected and support eachother during Lockdown.
1. First of all, reconnect to your true Self
By practicing yoga we reconnect to our true Self and find peace within. Through the deep connection with your deepest Self, you actually connect with everything in the universe. Within, you find the connection with others. Some of you might already know what your path is in yoga, for those who are still unsure. Delight Online is a nice way to experiment and discover what styles and teachers feel right for you.
2. Be there for friends to get through this together
Many of us are finding this time difficult and might experience loneliness, insecurity and anxiety. We have to do our best to make sure we and our loved ones are safe. Remember to look out for friends in need, let's try to be there for eachother as much as we can to ensure that we all get through this together. Just sharing our feelings and listening to eachother can already create the space to heal.
3. Go for a 'call' walk with a friend in nature
As it is important to go outside and get some fresh air every day, we can also take this time to connect with our loved ones. Plan a 'call-walk' moment where you and your friend call eachother while both walking in nature. If you feel comfortable with it, you can of course also still see eachother in person and plan a walk in nature on a safe distance.
4. Plan a video call date-night with friends
Plan a videocall with your friends for a night of fun! Some ideas are to do a facial self-massage at the same time, to make drawings for eachother, to play music or a game together, or to draw cards for eachother (tarrot, inner compass) - but you can basically do anything you like. You can choose to do the same activity or just do your own thing, but just make sure you have an hour free for eachother.
5. Connect the old fashioned way
How nice is it to recieve a hand written letter or a drawing from somebody? Buy an envelope and a stamp (if you don't have them at home, you can still buy them at most supermarkets) and send a handwritten letter, a postcard or a drawing to your loved ones the old fashioned way, through post! Maybe one day, you might receive something in return on your doormat... :)
6. Plan an online cooking date with a friend
Choose the same ingredients/recipe, video call eachother, put your phone or laptop on the kitchen counter, and start cooking together. Over video calls, it is the perfect way to teach eachother new recipes or learn new recipes together because you are using two kitchens at the same time! This way you can exchange ideas, ask questions during the process, show each other what you are doing, and enjoy the meal together afterwards.
7. Join an online cultural event together
Since all the concert halls, museums, poppodia are closed there is a lot available online. Join an online event together with a friend like a concert or performance or museumtour. Afterwards don't forget to check in with eachother to share your experiences. This is also a great way to support the cultural sector in these challenging times.
8. Motivate eachother to find your Dharma
With fewer distractions, NOW is the time to start finding your Dharma: something you really feel passionate about. Take this time to discover what you always wanted to do or if you know it already, make time for it! This is the perfect time to motivate, inspire and remind each other, to finally start or finish that project you never had the time for.
9. Join an Online Sangha
A Sangha is a community with like-minded people where you share ideas and hold each other. You can do this by joining an existing Online Sangha like the Silent Sit Sangha, Ayurveda Sangha or Satsang at Delight Yoga. Or you can create your own Sangha where you form an online group on social media, send eachother inspiring information, quotes, photos, videos and plan online live sessions to connect and exchange ideas.
10. Practice Metta!
One last beautiful practice tip is the practice of ‘Metta’; to connect with the love you all have inside and internally send it to every being, humans and nature, that comes to your mind. Heaving this in mind, I wish you all a very healthy, connected holiday and conscious, inspired & delightful 2021.
Irene was born in the Netherlands to hippie parents. As a child, she was always playing outside in the forest or gardens and practising gymnastics.