It has been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world in its clutches. We’re living in a new normal where we need to put a physical distance with one another. While this is essential in flattening the curve, it also led some of us to distance ourselves socially. This self-isolation can take a toll on our mental and emotional state.
“Even though we are forced to be physically separated from one another, it doesn’t mean we have to lose our sense of connection. It requires a regular routine on our part,” says Nicholas Epley, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Even during quarantine, there is a myriad of ways to stay in touch with your loved ones. These ways can help make your self-isolation feel a bit less lonely.
Dr. Epley adds, “You need to maintain it regularly, even if you might be reluctant to start, and you usually feel much better afterwards than you might expect.” Here are some tips on how you can make keeping in touch extra fun and creative.
Host A Virtual Netflix Party
Nowadays, you can binge-watch movies together with your friends or family even when apart. While you cannot plop on the floor or the couch together, you can still stream movies together. You can do this by installing the Netflix Party Chrome extension on your desktop.
After setting it up, send the link to your loved one to sync the movie with a built-in chat interface. You can now enjoy an episode or a series or a movie together in real-time.
Play A Game Together While In Isolation
Bring the party to your respective houses with Houseparty. The app is full of features that you can use to start your party. It has a chat feature that allows you to catch up with each other. You can also play games as a group, such as Heads Up and Pictionary. Furthermore, you can record your party’s highlight to keep as a memory through the facemail feature.
The app is an excellent way for a group of friends to stay in touch, creatively.
Video Call And Teleconference
There are various video calling and teleconference apps that you can download to stay in touch with your loved ones. Some of these are Google Hangouts, Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc. You can also play around with stickers and fun backgrounds to make each call more fun. No matter where both of you live, you can call your friends and family with just a few clicks.
Create And Listen To A Spotify Playlist Together
Back in the day, recording a song playlist on cassette tape was a huge trend. Now, you can do this through an app with just a few clicks. If you’re a music lover, you must be keeping up with the latest album releases. You can create a playlist with your significant other or friends through Spotify’s Collaborative Playlist. You can also have fun lining up the titles to send a message.
To make this, you need to create a playlist and click the Collaborative Playlist option. Send the link to your loved one, and then they’ll have access to adding tracks to the playlist with their accounts.
Join A Book Club
Meanwhile, if you and your friends love reading, you can still discuss your favorite books while in quarantine. List down a selection of books and assign a book for each week and then set a date for discussion. You can use various apps to read ebooks, or you can also order a hard copy for delivery.
Send A Snail Mail
If you want to connect the old school way, this is the perfect time to write on real paper and get creative. Writing a handwritten letter or greeting cards to your friends and family never goes out of style.
It is also helpful for you as you will get to produce a creative output and distract yourself for some time. This gesture will surely be a beautiful surprise for the recipient, as sending snail mails are not as common now. By starting this, you can even create a domino effect as you send snail letters back and forth.
Stay In Touch!
This uncertain situation that we’re facing due to the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly taxing. It is affecting all of us, emotionally and mentally. That is why it is crucial to stay virtually connected with your loved ones. Don’t forget to take a break from time-to-time and schedule a time to connect with your friends and family. Stay in touch and check in with your loved ones now!