Social distancing plus a five-week lockdown might be the best way to combat COVID-19, but we’re all craving some form of social interaction and all it’ll take is just a little bit of creativity to get it. Here are four fabulous suggestions on how to safely keep up the connections without letting relationships frizzle.
1. Stay in contact with the social community.
To get through the solitude of the COVID-19 lockdown, turn to the virtual world by scheduling virtual link ups over either FaceTime, HouseParty, Zoom or even or Skype and have yourself a full blown hangout session. You don’t always have to just swop coping stories, each session could be a different theme. ‘Happy-hour’ where the drink of choice will differ per cycle, 90’s throwback karaoke nights, or my personal favorite, develop new skills and get crafty with each other, with gardening seemingly a popular choice lately.
You can even use this time to plan fun future trips you’ll embark on once the pandemic dies down.
2. Start a movement.
If you’re looking for ways to do your part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic or giveback, donating to causes such as the Solidarity Fund can be a great way to show support to the professionals who are on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus. it’s cliché, but it can be comforting to show gratitude to others on your social networking account during a difficult situation reducing their feeling of isolation.
3. Family time.
Lockdown can be the perfect time for great activities to do with your clan. Projects such as arts and crafts, game nights or watching a movie together then discussing it after, are ways to bond with one another and ultimately feel less lonesome. If you’re looking for more examples of family fun – try TikTok challenges to add good humour and fun quality time with the people you’re living with.
4. Time for a detox.
As much as this list encourages you to continue to connect with friends and family
, that doesn’t mean you should cut yourself out. Even in difficult times this offers an opportunity to experimentation, self-discovery and inspiration, especially if you’re locked down alone. If you prefer a disconnect from technology for a change of pace, get in touch with that artistic side, try that ambitious recipe or reacquaint yourself with a good old fashion novel – my top pick is Ling Ma’s “Severance”.
Lockdown also needs a soundtrack, in order to take yourself out of the monotony of day-to-day life compile a track list that’ll liven up your atmosphere and if you’re looking to re-create a concert experience in your home see if your favorite artists are planning on live-stream.
There’s a plethora of options for entertainment during the lockdown that’ll decrease anxiety from being bombarded with intimidating headlines and ensure that you make the most of social distancing in an effort to enjoy your time at home. #StayHome
By: Naomi Moleme