Hello friends. Yes, we must come together to combat coronavirus isolation. It’s the only way. By now, we hopefully all know the rules and yet, it is new and tricky territory. Self-isolate, quarantine, social distancing.
I feel blessed to live in a country that I trust is doing its best to keep us safe and informed. And yet, the rumour mill and media are doing what they do best: creating a frenzy (whether intentional or unintentional doesn’t matter. That is to say, the frenzy can create a panic, fear and detrimental consequences to so many.
AVOIDING THE FRENZY
With people self-isolating in their homes, it means increased screen time. As a result, I’ve had to limit my own online time to protect myself. Specifically, I get trustworthy information from two sources. Firstly, from the Government of Canada’s website with Coronavirus updates and support.
Secondly, British Columbia’s Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has done a stellar job holding daily press conferences with coronavirus updates. I decided early on to forgive her for encouraging people to come to Whistler during spring break. Yes, you could hear a collective gasp in our community when that hit the airwaves. But that seems like a lifetime ago.
And lastly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website. Other than that, I’ve lost faith in news sources providing me with the information that I need to stay well physically, mentally and emotionally. But that’s just me.
A NEW WAY OF CONNECTING
Yes, we all have to come together to combat coronavirus isolation. Certainly, by following the rules dictated by our incredible health experts but also to keep hope alive. To carry on and run our businesses. To support each other. To connect with each other.
I’ve always been fortunate to have a global community of professionals in my world. As a result, I’ve been part of the trend for online learning and meetings. Certainly, I’ve considered bringing that format to my network over the years but my efforts to do so haven’t always been that successful. Until now.
CONNECTION IS ESSENTIAL
With a need to work from home and create social distance, people are open to fostering an environment of connection by any means available. You see, connection is essential. It is a human need. Countless studies have proven it.
In 2013, distinguished social psychologist and neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman wrote his book, ‘Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect‘ to prove why relationships are a central part of a flourishing life. In short, he confirms what Aristotle asserted long ago in his Politics:
“Man is by nature a social animal … Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”
In other words, the time was right to bring virtual connection to my community. To share a wave of support and burst of productivity and plain, to spread the love.
So many reasons. We have already covered that connection is essential. We have also covered that we need to come together to combat coronavirus isolation and that it means more than doing what we need to do to keep it from spreading. It also means that we need to go on.
People are feeling isolated right now due to fears from the coronavirus threat or challenges from the global economy. Or both. Perhaps lacking motivation and focus while either working from home or in an office. Or you could just be feeling stuck.
Remember – I believe connection is essential and if we aren’t gathering in person quite as much, we can come together virtually. Through the support of an online co-working session, we can help alleviate the aloneness, amp up our individual productivity and hold each other accountable. Quite simply, it is coming together virtually for community, connection, support and accountability.
WHAT DOES ONLINE CO-WORKING LOOK LIKE?
In my world, we come together via the AnyMeeting platform (like Zoom but different). If new to AnyMeeting, you’ll want to connect a few minutes before the session start time to download the app. In fact, It’s recommended that you use Chrome or the AnyMeeting app for the best experience.
I will start us off with a quick welcome and a dose of inspiration. Then we break out into focused ‘head down’ time for each of us to work on a project or task of our choice. It could be related to work or your self-care – again, your call. Here are some ideas to ignite your thought process: clean out your email inbox, map out a strategy for a big project, food prep for the week’s meals, write in your journal.
I recommend that you minimize distractions to give yourself the gift of focused time. Turn off your text, phone, emails if able to do so. We wrap up with a celebration of our successes, We will then do a check-in to discuss challenges and share knowledge, to celebrate successes, support each other and close with a shout out of gratitude!
WHEN AND HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN
I’m hosting two Online Co-working Sessions. Firstly, Mondays from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. The second one on Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Join one or both – log on whenever you want.
All sessions are FREE, no RSVP is necessary and you can JOIN HERE at the beginning of the session. Put it in your calendars. If you are in another time zone, check here to see how this converts to your time zone.
SOME GUIDELINES TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT
- We are all in this together so be brave and join us. This is a safe, casual and comfortable shared space.
- You will have the option to be on camera so we can create a virtual office environment. Seeing our smiling faces (and those focused on tasks during the work spurts) are all part of the experience that helps us to feel less alone.
- Although I will share some inspirational thoughts when we start, this is not a workshop or learning opportunity. This is a co-working space.
- For you to get the most out of this, please consider shutting down devices and email so you can power work without interruption. If you are in an office, consider posting an ‘in a meeting’ sign.
- Please SHARE THIS with anyone that might like to join us. It is not restricted in any way so everyone from anywhere can take part.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, reach out to me here. Let’s all do our part and come together to combat coronavirus isolation and to create connection and community to help us through it all.
To sum up, if you want to know more about who is hosting these events you can check me out right here. I’m a community passionista that wants to do my part to create connection and community during this time of communal overwhelm.