When we face challenging circumstances, how can we connect with others and be neighborly when we can’t physically get close to them? If you want to be a good neighbor and a well-liked member of the community, here are five tips that work well with social distancing.

1. Pay for canceled services that you’ve already scheduled.

Local businesses are one of the hardest hit by the circumstances of COVID-19. If you’ve had to cancel a hair appointment, an aerobics class, or even a massage, why not consider paying for the appointment anyway? This way, you can ensure your favorite spa is still in business when the economy rebounds.

2. Post positive online reviews for local businesses.

Word-of-mouth referrals are already an important part of a small business’ brand. They’re even more important during times like this. If you’ve had a great experience with a delivery or curbside service from a local business, share it. We all appreciate good news.

3. Pick up after your pet when walking on and around the property.

Did you know that dog poop takes up to one year to decompose? With more people out and about during the day, be a good neighbor and clean up after your pet when walking in and around the complex. Just think: You’re making a positive impact without saying a word!

4. Offer to set up Facebook or social media for a neighbor who lacks technical skills.

During these uncertain times, many people feel isolated from their loved ones. Offering to set up a social media account for a neighbor is a powerful way to help them stay connected.

5. Be friendly, but follow state health guidelines.

Right now, the best thing we can do for ourselves and each other is to follow state and federal health guidelines. While new data is constantly being collected and analyzed, early signs show that social distancing is an effective approach to reducing the rate of COVID-19 cases. Really, the best thing you can do to help is to stay inside.

We can all do our part to be supportive and encouraging of our neighbors. By looking for ways to show kindness now, we can continue to build positive relationships long after the COVID-19 health crisis subsides.