Whilst we may no longer be living in a countrywide lockdown, many of us are still having to isolate from friends and family when we need them most. Here are a four creative ways you can keep connected when seeing others in person isn't possible.
Host a virtual film night!
Invite your friends and family to a virtual film night with Netflix Party – a free Google Chrome extension that allows you and your friends or family to watch Netflix together.
The plugin allows you to watch the same film or show at the same time as others. It also has a group chat function to chat, post GIFs and Emojis, and laugh (or cry!) to your favourite show.
*Take it one step further: arrange for snacks to be delivered to your friends and family’s households ahead of the film night!
Make a surprise hamper or care package
Are you missing the birthday of a loved one? Or do you want to fill your time doing something that makes you feel good? Preparing a hamper to deliver to a loved one is a thoughtful act that will leave you feeling good too.
Birthday hampers inspiration: Home-baked treats, birthday card filled with lovely words, a helium-filled pop-up balloon, voucher to spend online, or look forward to spending when times allow.
‘Just because’ hamper inspiration: Bath oils or face masks, chocolate, a framed photo of a happy memory, or a framed inspirational quote.
Schedule a live workout with a friend
Many gyms and personal trainers are running live-streamed home workouts that do not require any equipment. Joining live workouts can help you feel part of a more significant community, help you work towards your goals, and give you energy for the rest of your day.
*Take it one step further: arrange to complete a live workout simultaneously as your friend and video call them while working out. It will feel just like a regular gym class; only you can hop straight into your shower afterward!
Set weekly challenges with friends or family
You can still laugh with your friends or family by arranging personal challenges. Some examples are, organise a baking session with your grandparents and share photos with the rest of your family afterward, set a drawing competition and arrange a special prize to be delivered to the winner, or arrange a cocktail making session with your friends and do your best party tricks on a video call. This can give your loved ones something to look forward to each week.
This year has been challenging for so many, but it is important to remember that this situation is temporary, and that joy can be found in the simplest tasks. Get creative, reach out, and schedule that call with your loved one; we are all in this together.