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How to Stay Emotionally Connected during Social Distancing

Whether it's over the phone, online, a drive-by sign or old fashion letter writing, staying connected while social distancing is important for our mental health.

Try 3 ways to make/keep connections.

  1. Express Concern to ConnectSocial Support Worksheet (pdf)
  2. Express Kindness to Connect2-4-6-8 Appreciation BINGO (pdf)
  3. Express Interest to ConnectInterest Inventory (pdf)

Express Concern to Connect

What you might say when reaching out:
How have you been doing? How have you been since the crisis started? I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks not seeing you. What have you been up to? How are you adjusting to the online class format?

I know it’s been a while, but I wanted to see how you are doing. I thought of you today, and wanted to check in to see how things have been going?

You can check in with people you were used to seeing on a weekly basis or use this time as a reason to connect with people you have not contacted for a while. Think through the categories below to identify who you will contact.

Download Social Support Worksheet

Express Kindness to Connect

2-4-6-8 Appreciation BINGO

Download BINGO card

Express Interest to Connect

FOCUS 2 guides users through a reliable, intuitive career and education decision making model to help them choose a college, select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions and take action in their career development.

Use this tool to explore your interests. Then connect with online and UH communities.


  1. Log in
  2. Use access code: uhcougars
  3. Complete the following 2 sections:
    1. Work Interest Assessment
    2. Leisure Assessment

Download Interest Inventory