With so much stress and uncertainty happening in the world right now, it’s more important than ever to maintain and nurture our connections with friends and family. While we all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while staying at home, having an abundance of time lets us finally slow down, press pause, and catch up with our loved ones. And thankfully, with the help of technology, we can easily stay connected, even from the comfort of home. To help you maintain those important connections during this uncertain time, here are a few good ways to stay connected with your loved ones while social distancing.
Old School Phone Calls
Remember when we used to just pick up the phone and call someone instead of texting them? In challenging times like these, human connection is so essential. Being able to speak and hear your friend or family member’s voice can make a world of difference in lightening your mood and dissipating stress. Though texting is handy in a fast-paced world, it’s a form of communication that really lacks that deeper sense of connection, which is something we all need more of during such chaotic times.
Host a Games Night
Thanks to the incredible world of technology, there are so many different ways to keep busy, entertained, and connected. One way to have some fun is by hosting a games night. All you need to do is download an app like Houseparty and find some games to play with your friends. This is a great way to set up a routine date night with your best buds to enjoy their virtual company and distractions while having some fun.
Host Dinner Dates
Just because you can’t physically go out to eat, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on those regular lunch dates with friends or family. You can arrange dinner, lunch or even brunch where you cook your own meals at home, sit down to eat and enjoy some good conversation together.
One trend that’s been catching on fast these days is Happy Hour. You can also do this online via Skype, Facebook or whatever video platform you prefer. But another fun way to shake up the traditional Happy Hour is by getting outside to enjoy your cocktails on your front yard or porch. This lets you keep your distance while still interacting with your neighbours. It’s a perfect way to enjoy some socializing, fresh air, and sunshine while getting to know and support more of the community around you.
Have a Movie Night
Sometimes, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a good flick. But with theatres closed indefinitely, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Like with most things, there’s always an alternative option. All you need to do is fire up your video platform, choose from the selection of movies, fire up the popcorn, and make sure you coordinate your timing so you can start it at the same time. If you’re on Netflix, you can take advantage of the Netflix Party app so you can easily watch it together. With a comfy spot on the couch and full control over the volume, you’ll barely miss being at the theatre.
Write Letters or Heartfelt Cards
With ample time to waste these days, there’s no better time to rekindle more of those old school methods of communication, like writing a letter or sending a card. This is an excellent activity to do, especially if you have young children who are missing their grandparents. It’s a fun and creative way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours while showing their grandparents how much they miss them and are they’re thinking of them. It’s something grandma and grandpa with love and appreciate so much during this lonely and unsettling time.
Virtual Dance Party
It’s not always easy to find space or time to fit in some exercise these days. But what better way to kill some time, have fun, and get active than with a virtual dance party? Plus, it’s the perfect stress-buster when you can shake out all that tension, get your blood pumping and get silly with your family.
Virtual Bake Off
If you have some bakers in the family, a virtual bake-off is an excellent way to stay connected with your family. You can learn one of your family’s classic recipes, try out something new together or even have a bake-off if you want to all in a little competition. The best part about this is no matter what you end up making, your home will be filled with delicious aromas that always feel comforting.
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