In an era of social distancing, it’s important to physically distance ourselves from one another but even more important to find alternative ways to connect. Here is a list of ways you can stay in touch with your loved ones:
Whether it is FaceTime, Zoom or Skype, seeing someone’s face can allow for clearer communication as you are able to see facial expressions. Keeping in touch with friends and family via video chat is perhaps the next best thing to seeing someone in person! There are functions on most video call applications to allow multiple people to video call at once, so the whole extended family can join in!
Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to watch your favourite television shows and movies with your friends. It synchronises your videos and allows for a group chat so you can discuss your thoughts.
Write a letter
A great way to stay in touch with your elderly neighbours is to pop a handwritten letter in their letterbox and let them know that you are able to assist them with shopping should they need the help.
Send a card
A card at this time is arguably one of the most important tools to show you care – post a birthday card in the mail for all the Pisces, Aries and Taurus’s who may not be able to celebrate their birthday with family and friends. Trust us – you’ll make their day!
You can never go wrong with a simple phone call. Regular phone calls with family (especially those who live alone) are important right now. If you’re reading this – start dialling your parents or your grandparents.
The music streaming app Spotify allows you to create collaborative playlists. Get your friends together and all contribute to creating an amazing playlist which you can play and dance to the next time we are all able to see one another.
Online group workout
Ok, so this is technically just video calling – but with a twist! YouTube have a number of workouts available for free. Have a group video call of you all trying the same workout. Challenge each other to exercises e.g. see who can hold the longest plank – winner gets bragging rights!
Please remember to stay connected with your family and friends. Keep in touch and remember we need each other more than ever. We need to physically distance ourselves from one another, but we can NOT socially distance ourselves – stay connected online!