Maintaining Social Connection During a Pandemic

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We’re in an unprecedented time of “social distancing.” Many of us are experiencing the effects of spending time away from family and friends, and loneliness is one feeling so many of us are having. It’s important as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves to maintain social connections.

Human-to-human social connectedness was perhaps one of the hardest elements of the pandemic for those that were not infected. Even for those that had received the COVID-19 vaccines with low co-morbidity risk factors, public health advisories by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) limited the ability to gather. For close friends, social networks were not enough to truly connect with people but with the risk of a dangerous, infectious disease, options were limited. With mounting anxiety and depression mental health concerns, the need to connect for real and not just on social media because more important than ever before.

Because of this, I’m thrilled to welcome Peter Montoya back to the podcast. Peter was actually with us for a past episode that you can access here. Peter is a best-selling author, a keynote speaker, and the CEO of Thrive Union. Most importantly for today’s conversation, he’s an expert on social connection. 

In this very candid conversation, we talk about some important topics and share our own personal experiences: 

  • The importance of social connection and how much we actually need 
  • The different levels of social connection and how they influence our well-being 
  • How we can meet our social needs during this time of “distancing” 
  • What the silver lining of the pandemic has been 

No matter what your circumstances, I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and this community often. Please don’t be a stranger. Reach out and let me know what other topics you’d like me to cover during this time. 

I’m here for you! 


 How to Cope with ‘Virus Fatigue’

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Virus Fatigue. If we’re being honest, we’re all experiencing it to some degree. As we release this episode, the U.S. has been in the COVID epidemic for exactly a year. This is longer than any of us expected when it all began. 

The dirty secret of all of this is that, we’re human beings. We have needs. And, many of those needs have been taken away from us.  

Today on the podcast, we’re diving deep into something called “Conditions to Thrive.” We’ll walk you through SEVEN different conditions to thrive that have been significantly impacted by COVID and offer some ideas about how to elevate your experience. 

Take care of yourself. You’re worth it. 

FREE RESOURCE: During the episode, we mentioned a free self-compassion resource that we put together. Visit to get immediate access to an in-the-moment exercise that will really help you feel better during challenging times. 

Despite approved COVID-19 vaccines from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, and the very real remaining threat to human health care from the virus, one of the long-term effects remains COVID fatigue.