Now that we’ve made it through a few months of social distancing, we’ve had to get crafty with how we’re staying connected. It’s not as easy as meeting up with your friends at a restaurant or going on a group walk, but there are safer and effective ways to get your daily dose of social interaction. Thanks to some creative ideas and the assistance of social media, you can have game nights, lunch dates and casual visits all while maintaining a healthy distance.
Until we can all safely come together in the same spaces again, here are some creative ideas for staying connected with your loved ones.
Say Hello with a Window Visit
Window visits give the term “pop by” a whole new meaning. Many people have been visiting each other at a safer distance by chatting from the other side of a closed window. You get the benefit of seeing your loved ones while doing your best to be safe and healthy. And what could be more caring and thoughtful than that?
Have a Family Party on Skype & Zoom
If you’re missing face-to-face connection, Skype and Zoom are both platforms that make video conferencing easier to manage. With a computer and an internet connection — or just a smartphone and data plan — you can download either app for free. Once your family members create their own accounts, invite them to chat. After you’re all connected, catching up will be a breeze.
Want to make it more exciting? Find a theme! Everyone can wear their silliest hats for a funky hat party or order a pizza and have a pizza party!
Try a Game Night with Houseparty
Houseparty is an app that’s very similar to Skype and Zoom, however there’s an added element for fun: games! Download Houseparty the way you would any app. Then, invite your friends and family, and once everyone is online, you can video chat and play games like “Heads Up!” and “Word Racers” simultaneously. The app is free and compatible with iOS, Android, macOS and Google Chrome.
Go Live on Facebook & Instagram
Social media is one of the best ways to stay connected during quarantine. You can post your own updates and share photos of what you’ve been getting up to at home all while keeping tabs on your favorite people.
Both Facebook and Instagram have options to go live, too, so you can share your day and broadcast in real time. Spending some time in your garden? Invite your friends to tune in and chat with you! Starting a new crafts project? Post to your Story so your friends can follow along. And, if you prefer more one-on-one chatting, you can always send private messages, voice messages and video chats. As an additional tip, be sure to double check that your preferred privacy settings are applied before sharing!
Take a Walk Together Over FaceTime
If you have an iPhone, iPad or MacBook, FaceTime already comes included on your device — no need to download. As long as your loved one also has an Apple device, using FaceTime is as simple as making a phone call. Open the FaceTime app on your phone, find your desired contact and place the call. Bring your phone along on a morning walk and get a friend to do the same. Use FaceTime to call them up and it’ll be like you’re taking a walk together!
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