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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!