Being in a long-distance relationship, I know a thing or two about social distancing. At the start of COVID-19, my boyfriend and I joked that we’d have no trouble with the prescribed six feet, given that we were already 300 miles apart. But after six weeks of travel restrictions, we’re singing a different tune.
Pre-COVID-19, we visited each other once or twice a month. Now, I don’t know when I’ll see him again. Knowing that we had our next visit planned was how I got through our time apart, so the restrictions have been a scary change for us and just one more manifestation of the uncertainty around this pandemic.
But while COVID-19 has affected us physically, we’re not letting it change how we communicate — in fact, communication is more important to us than ever. We’re texting, calling, and FaceTiming more than before, in addition to finding new ways to spend time together. While it’s not easy, it’s made me grateful for all of the technology that we have available to us that helps keep us together even when we’re apart. Here are a few of the ways that we’re staying connected.