Centers Solutions – COVID EDITION: Social Connection While Social Distancing


MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Who knew we would be social distancing someday because of a pandemic? With the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world, many events have been put on hold. From birthday parties and concerts to weddings and funerals, it can take a toll on people’s mental health. 

Here in the Permian Basin, the experts at The Centers for Children and Families, Kristi Edwards, executive director/therapist, and Melanie Saiz, marketing director, said that feeling connected socially is essential for one’s overall health and wellbeing. 

‘Social connectedness’ is the feeling of closeness and connection to a community. As social creatures, people must connect through their social network. 

Edwards says the health benefits of networking and partaking in activities have proven to have the following health benefits:

  • Reduced Stress Levels
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Feelings of Belonging
  • Improved memory and cognitive skills
  • Increased motivation for self-care
  • Lower levels of stress hormones, including cortisol
  • Builds Resilience

Edwards and Saiz said there are still some ways to build ‘social connectedness’ in a socially distanced world. 

  • Build Connectedness Virtually
    • Video Chat Applications
      • Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Etc.
  • Phone Calls
  • Virtual Exercise Classes
  • Social Distancing Meet Ups


Along with the weekly Centers Solutions podcast, the team at Centers is also working on a special podcast called Voice from 2020. The goal of the project is to create a time capsule of stories from this challenging year. Whether funny or painful, the team is looking for submissions of recorded stories. For instructions, click here. If you have additional questions, you can email


Centers Solutions: COVID EDITION podcast: Social Connection While Social Distancing (Available Friday)

For more information, contact Centers for Children and Families:

  • Midland: 3701 Andrews Highway | Midland, TX 79703 | (432) 570-1084
  • Odessa: 4241 Tanglewood Ln. | Odessa, TX 79762 | (432) 580-7006
  • Website:

Centers for Children and Families are offering free sessions for all Health Care Workers and First Responders fighting Covid-19.

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