In today’s world, staying connected with loved ones from afar is more important than ever before. While we are all social distancing and doing our part, our daily routines may start to feel like just that: routine. Add higher levels of anxiety and stress to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for burnout. Fortunately, experts say that keeping in touch with friends and family can be a major stress-reliever, which is key to helping you get out of a rut.

Wondering how to keep your friends and family close, even while you’re apart? Thanks to modern technology, there are a variety of ways to maintain your relationships from the comfort of your home, so you can safely get your daily dose of social interaction.

Check out these five tips to help you stay in touch!

Tip #1: Join online communities to stay up to date with your interests.

Starting or joining a digital group, like a private Facebook group for extended family or an online space for those in your neighborhood, is a great way to get updates on everything going on in other people’s lives. You can share any recent developments in your life and learn what’s new with everyone else in real time.

With a doorbell camera or security camera powered by and installed by a QEI professional, you can even post video clips to your online groups! Capture cute dog videos, thwart package thieves, and connect over neighborhood safety, all without leaving the house.

Tip #2: “Hang out” with friends and family—virtually!

Your loved ones may be physically far from you, but with the press of a button, you can bring them right to your living room. Set up a Zoom video call or Google Hangouts chat to “see” your friends and family, without the risk. Try hosting a Zoom happy hour or book club to catch up and socialize. With today’s technology solutions, it couldn’t be easier to keep your loved ones close.

Tip #3: Make plans to break up the day and find your work-life balance.

Working from home full-time can blur the lines between work hours and personal time. To make sure you don’t fall victim to burnout, schedule small pockets of time throughout the day for simple activities like lunch, a (virtual) coffee break with coworkers, or playing catch with your kids.

After work, schedule time for movie nights or game nights to stay present with your family and decompress after a long day. Your mental health will thank you!

Tip #4: Invest in home security for instant peace of mind.

As we’re all spending more time at home than usual, it’s crucial that we feel safe and secure at all times. A fully equipped home security system can help with that. With 24/7 professional security monitoring and home automation updates sent straight to your smartphone, you can have full control over your home—and as a result, complete peace of mind. Because you don’t need one more thing to worry about.

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