As humans, we crave social interaction, but the COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t exactly make it the easiest thing to do. It is important that we adhere to the guidelines set for us by the CDC and federal and state governments by practicing social distancing and other safety measures however, during this time of staying in, you don’t have to let your relationships fizzle. There are many ways in which you can keep up connections with your friends and family. It just might require a little bit of creativity. Here are some ways you can remain social during the quarantine:
1. Get Outdoors – Whether it’s taking a walk or hike, walking your dog, or taking the time to do that yard project you’ve been waiting to do, going out to get some exercise and fresh air is not only good for you physically but it provides opportunities to interact with others (from a safe distance).
2. Join a Book Club – Reading a new book with a group can be a fun and interactive way to discuss something other than the Coronavirus. Using a virtual meeting platform like Zoom will allow your group to discuss your book together while safely practicing social distancing.
3. Learn Something New – This is the perfect time to learn a new skill or hobby, or to do something that you wouldn’t have the time for normally. Use this time to get creative! Crafts and hands-on projects are a great example, and you can find a small group to virtually share your ideas with!
4. Find a Workout Partner – Although gyms have closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good in-home workout plan to use during the quarantine. Find a plan that works for you and use FaceTime or Zoom to take on these workouts with a friend or a small group!
5. Stay in Contact – Social distancing doesn’t mean cutting yourself off from your friends, family, and colleagues. Stay connected during this time with phone calls, text messages, and video calls. You can even take it an extra step and use a virtual meeting platform to practice social distancing while still doing things you normally would like a virtual happy hour, virtual lunch date, or a virtual game night on apps like Marco Polo or House Party!
It is important during these times that we don’t confuse the necessary physical distancing with isolating ourselves socially. Continuing to maintain social connection and healthy relationships, while still remaining safe, is a way to reduce anxiety and stress levels and also do our part to help contain COVID-19. These are difficult times, but we will get through them together!