I suppose you'll have to open up to M a little at a time, checking his temperature to be sure he's not "too overwhelmed" (open to interpretation).
Any idea if/how long before the long-distance factor will be removed? Doesn't sound very fun.
Re (from SheepMusketeer
"Thanks for your reply too. And please let me know if this thread is better moved to a different section of the website."
As far as I know this section is fine. Worst case scenario, the mods could probably move it (which wouldn't affect anyone's access to it).