Teen Talk with Renee: Stay Connected

Check out this letter from your Teen Services Librarian Renée! This week she is writing about all the things you can do to stay connected to friends and family while practicing social distancing. 

I don’t know about you, but I thought it was pretty cool to get an extra week for spring break!  That is until spring break became not a vacation, but a practice of social distancing. After two weeks with only my family, I am really missing my friends.  I can only imagine how hard this must be for you! Everyday you see your friends in the halls, at practices, work, or just hanging out. However, social distancing doesn’t have to be social isolating.

You might not be seeing your friends in the halls, but you can and should still “see” your friends.  There are several ways to have a video conversation with friends. Zoom, FaceTime, Discord, Skype, Google Hangouts, are just a few examples of free video hang out options.  You could even set up a time to play a game! Tabletop gaming anyone!

Texting is great, but try giving a friend a call.  You might be surprised how much hearing their voice can lift your mood.  Better yet, plan a “walk and talk”. Talk with your friend while you both go for a stroll.  Sunshine and a little commiserating can be wonderful.

Make a plan for what you want to do when life gets back on track.  Organize a celebration or party and have your friends help. Make it epic!

These are difficult times for sure, but you don’t need to feel alone.  We are all going through this together, and although we can’t yet see the end, there will be a day soon when everything is back as it should be.  In the meantime, let’s try to find some normalcy in these very not normal times.

If you find things are too hard and you need more help than your family or friends can proved, Colorado Crisis Services are there for you, https://coloradocrisisservices.org.

Good talk!

All the best,

Renée 

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