To contain the spread of COVID-19, social distancing remains in full effect; this means people are spending more time in self-isolation, which may lead to the feeling of disconnection. While we continue to practice social separation, we must recreate ways that we would usually connect now that we’re no longer going into work, attending school, playing sports together, or other activities from our typical daily routines. If you are starting the feel the effects of being confined at home, try these suggestions to stay connected during social separation.
Modern movie nights
Whether you’re a film fanatic or just looking to spend quality time with friends, Netflix Party is the modern solution to movie nights during COVID-19. It is entirely free, and all you have to do is download, install it, and log into your account. From here, you choose your favorite films and share your party URL, allowing you and your friends to watch the same movie at the same time. It also includes a group chat feature so that you can still have all your amusing commentary while enjoying movie nights with friends.
Isolated game nights
While hosting a typical game night is no longer allowed, the app Houseparty has brought back social gatherings via video chat. Houseparty enhances the video chat experience and includes tons of features. All you have to do is download the app, create an account, and add your friends. Games like Trivia, Pictionary, Heads Up, and many more are available to play as a group. Times like these calls for innovative ways to spend time with your friends and loved ones from a distance.
Exercise and meditation are great ways to reduce stress, encourage mindfulness, and add routine back into your lifestyle. While local gyms and workout classes are temporarily shut down, there are still many ways to channel activities like Pilates, and yoga while at home. Many fitness experts and entrepreneurs are live streaming their workouts or uploading classes online. Orangetheory instructors have uploaded new free at-home workouts to their site every day since COVID-19 began.
Socially distant concerts
As we all know, many upcoming gigs and concerts are being canceled or postponed, and music gatherings are banned. The music world struggles with the pandemic and its ramifications; however, musicians have decided to take matters into their own hands. Many artists have adapted to the situation and are live streaming performances for their fans. Practicing social distancing while still staying connected, artists such as John Mayer, Radiohead, Mike Shinoda, and many more are all partaking in live concerts.