How to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus PandemicHow to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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How to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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How to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus PandemicHow to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In the days of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might be bored and trying to think of things to do now that you’re spending more time at home. It’s hard to invite friends over or visit family members, but there are many ways around this obstacle. In this age of the internet, it shouldn’t be too hard to think of creative ways to stay connected with family and friends while social distancing.

Video call

Video call

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One of the many ways relationships change as you get older is you tend to talk less. Video calls can remedy that and are perhaps the easiest way to stay in touch with family and friends. There are many apps and programs that allow you to be face-to-face with someone without leaving your homes, such as FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, Discord and more.

Virtual game night

Virtual game night

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Whether you’re living alone or have a family with children, a great way to stay connected while having fun is playing games. Play games like Monopoly or UNO online, or break out the best board and card games and play together via video chat for a virtual dinner party.

Stream movies

Stream movies

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It may be impossible to go to the movie theater or invite friends over for a movie night when you’re social distancing, luckily, there’s a way around that. While on a video call, you and your friends can pick a movie, such as “Parasite,” “Frozen 2” or “Joker” and then start it at the same time. Or there are popular apps such as Netflix Party that allow you to view movies or shows simultaneously. While you’re watching movies set in iconic locations, you can think about planning a trip for after the quarantine is over.

Virtual dinner

Virtual dinner

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You may not be able to dine together with people under the same roof, but we can still come together at the dinner table like we used to 50 years ago. There are quick and easy dinner dishes you can make out of cans or pantry staples. Make the same dish as your loved ones, cook it together via video chat, then sit down together and have a catch-up session as you dine.

Virtual happy hour

Virtual happy hour

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Many restaurants and bars are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience happy hour. While you’re practicing social distancing, grab a few beers from your fridge and call up your drinking buddies. You’ll save money, and you can still have a drink while catching up with your friends.

Send cards and letters

Send cards and letters

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Writing and sending letters isn’t something you only do for Santa Claus. Why not write grandma or grandpa a cute note or card to let them know that you’re thinking about them? It’s way more personal than a text message and can make a fun crafty activity for you while at home. Writing letters is just one old etiquette practice that should make a comeback.

Working out

Working out

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Don’t skip on your workout just because gyms are closed. There are plenty of free online workout classes and apps available for your fitness needs. Simply video-call a friend and take a yoga class together.

Virtual book club

Virtual book club

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Now that you have more time on your hands, this is a great time to pick up a hobby like reading. A great way to make this fun activity even better is to have a virtual book club with friends and family. Grab a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail and talk about what you’re reading.

Social media challenges

Social media challenges

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All over social media, people are developing ways to keep themselves busy and engaged while self-isolating. From Instagram to Twitter, people are creating trendy challenges such as “see 10, do 10” pushups or taking part in #UntilTomorrow, where you post an embarrassing photo of yourself and delete it in 24 hours. But there are other wholesome posts you can share with friends and keep the tag train going. While you’re scrolling, you may come across these joyful stories that emerge in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Virtual dance party

Virtual dance party

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It may be difficult to work from home with kids, but this can be a good opportunity to reconnect with them and other family members. Not only is having a virtual dance party an easy workout you can do at home, but it can help keep you and your kids from being bored while spending time together. Social distancing may be stressful, but dancing is good for your body and mind during these hard times.

Phone call

Phone call

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In the age of text messaging, some people forget how simple it is to just dial a friend or family member’s number and give them a quick call. Ask them how they’re doing, because you’re not the only one dealing with quarantine, and it's a small act of kindness you can do from home.

Start a Google Doc

Start a Google Doc

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If you’re looking for an interesting way to stay in touch with friends and family, start a Google Doc with them and write whatever you want in there. You could add in all of your work-from-home schedules so you know the best times to call or chat with others in the doc. Or you can create a collective list of movie and music recommendations, then form your own bucket list. You can also create a personal journal to keep everyone updated on how you’re feeling for the day or week while in quarantine.

Virtual spa date

Virtual spa date

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While you’re eating foods that are healthy and can help boost your immune system, it is also important to remember to take care of your skin, too. Since you’re probably not going out as often, you can develop a skincare routine for yourself. Call a friend and wear face masks together while catching up or watching a movie.

Cooking/baking together

Cooking/baking together

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It’s important to stay connected with people far away, but this is also a great time for connecting with the people you’re in quarantine with. So gather the family while you’re cooking and baking all of your meals. Since cooking every day can be tiring, try these brilliant meal prep hacks. Or have some fun with your meals by adding these unexpected ingredients to your eggs or pancakes.

Virtual tours

Virtual tours

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Social distancing probably meant you had to cancel your travel plans with friends and family. But with access to the internet, there are plenty of ways to still enjoy traveling to world-class destinations from the comfort of your home. View the Taj Mahal, Palace of Versailles and other locations through free online virtual tours of landmarks and museums.

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