This year the holidays are going to look a little different. Health organizations around the world are advising the public to limit indoor gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19. If you are living with aphasia or someone who has aphasia, feeling isolated or alone might be common. But this year’s holiday season and social distancing may leave you feeling especially down. To lessen that, here are five tips for managing a socially distanced holiday season.
Tips for Managing a Socially Distanced Holiday Season
Tip #1: Play a Game
Games are a great way to spend time with loved ones. Break out a set of playing cards and dust off those old board games. Want to connect with someone who can’t physically be there? Consider downloading one of these six aphasia-friendly games on to your phone and challenging them to a friendly competition.
Tip #2: Video Chat with Family
Even though we may not be able to be together, we can still stay connected. The last several months of 2020 have seen the unprecedented growth of video chat software as we’ve all sought to keep in touch with our friends and loved ones. Here are some tips for communicating via video chat.
Tip #3: Enjoy the Outdoors
Fresh air and sunshine are essential for health and happiness. Something as simple as a walk will often do. If you’re feeling especially down this holiday season, here are some additional tips for caring for yourself.
Tip #4: Get Creative
Art, music, and baking are just a few ways to get the creative juices flowing. They’re also a great way to connect with those in our household. Here are some great streaming music services you use today to start feeling inspired.
Tip #5: Communicate Using Your Lingraphica Device
Your Lingraphica device is an amazing way to communicate with loved ones at home or over phone and video chat. Program icons for family members, pages for conversation, and take pictures so you’ll always have a special memory together. Here are a few more ways to communicate with your AAC device.
If you’d like to learn more about communicating using a Lingraphica AAC device, schedule a free consultation to learn more. Remember to have a safe and wonderful holiday season this year so we can all be together next year.