5 Ways to Stay Connected this Winter

February 14, 2024  |  connectedness, mental health, virtual meetings
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5 Ways to Stay Connected This Winter

Winter’s shorter days and longer nights can take a toll as we all spend more time indoors and away from the company of others. Seniors, in particular, may face additional challenges due to mobility issues, health concerns, or the loss of loved ones. The winter blues are common, but there are some ways you can combat loneliness and isolation during the colder months. 

 It’s important to stay connected with others in the winter season. Here are a few ways to do that:

#1: Virtual Gatherings

Leverage technology to bridge the physical gap. Virtual gatherings through video calls can provide a sense of connection without leaving the warmth and safety of home. Encourage seniors to participate in online events, whether it be family video calls, virtual game nights, or online community groups.

#2: Neighborly Bonds

In rural areas, where communities are tight-knit, fostering neighborly bonds is crucial. Create a network of support where neighbors check in on each other regularly. Simple gestures, like dropping off a homemade treat or offering assistance with chores, can make a significant difference.

#3: Winter Walks

Encourage outdoor activities during the daylight hours. A brisk winter walk, even for a short duration, can uplift spirits and provide an opportunity for social interaction. Organize community walking groups or pair up with a neighbor for a regular stroll.

#4: Craft and Hobby Clubs

Start local craft or hobby clubs that meet regularly. Whether it's knitting, painting, or book clubs, these gatherings provide a dual benefit of social interaction and engagement in meaningful activities.


#5: Volunteer Opportunities

Engaging in volunteer work not only helps the community but also provides a sense of purpose. Seniors can participate in local initiatives or charities, contributing their skills and time to make a positive impact.

Reach Out and Make a Connection Today!

We can all do our part to ensure our loved ones and neighbors aren’t feeling lonely this winter. Initiate a neighborhood program for winter wellness checks, or commit to a more casual schedule of phone calls to check in on one another.

If you’re feeling the winter blues, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Mental Health Recovery Board serving Warren and Clinton Counties can connect you with support groups and other resources to help you feel like yourself again. Our Crisis Hotline is also available 24/7. Call 877-695-6333 to talk with a trained staff member. Help is always near.