5 Ways to Stay Connected throughout the Remainder of COVID-19

In a time when it has become customary to remain socially distant, how can we find ways to come together? We all try to be thoughtful about making time in our lives for our companions; and now, there are rules and regulations in place that make it even harder.

Humans are naturally social creatures, so not being able to connect in-person can be detrimental to our mental health and relationships. If you are in need of healthcare, check here to find the nearest doctor to you including telemedicine options. Zoom Calls can seem monotonous and bland; however, in parts of the country, Zoom is the only option. Here are 5 ideas to help keep connected:

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Humans are naturally social creatures, so not being able to connect in-person can be detrimental to our mental health and relationships. Zoom Calls can seem monotonous and bland; however, in parts of the country, Zoom is the only option. Here are 5 ideas to help keep connected:

  • Have a Game Night: Zoom can be used for more than just meetings! Companies such as Jackbox have created games that can be broadcasted using a computer and it can be played remotely since participants can use their phones as controllers. All you have to do is have one person share their screen while the game is running and everyone can join! There are online versions of Pictionary, Codenames, various card and board games, and more. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?
  • Make a Book Club: For those who love to read, this is a great option! Grab a group of friends and set up a book club. Although you may not be able to meet in person, you can all decide on a book and schedule a video conference every week to discuss what you’ve been reading!
  • Watch TV Together: There are browser extensions such as Netflix Party and TwoSeven that will allow people to watch TV or movies together on some of the most popular streaming services. All you need is a browser and a streaming account and you can continue to have your weekly show nights with your friends!
  • Take a Class Together: There have been many workout facilities, paint studios, and other businesses that have created online classes (some are even free). Find one that interests you and grab your closest friends and join the same virtual class. These classes are a fun and exciting way to “hang out” with your friends, and maybe even meet some new people!
  • Plan a Social Distanced Visit: As restrictions start to be lifted, more and more venues are beginning to open. Try doing a social distanced picnic in the park. Eat at an outdoor restaurant! Places like drive-in movie theaters are a great way to see friends while keeping safe distances from others. Just be sure to stay safe wherever you go!