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How to stay Socially Active
while living in lockdown

Are you feeling lonely in the age of Coronavirus? We have a few ways on how you can continue your social life while following the new social distancing rules.

Social distancing during a pandemic crisis is necessary. However, loneliness can take a toll on our mental health. During this time of enforced isolation, we need to connect with our friends and family more than ever.

Fortunately, there are ways to maintain that social connection on the internet, thanks to multiple apps and platforms that are available at our disposal. We can watch a movie, share meals and play games with our loved ones without having to leave the house. Intrigued? Keeping reading below for some ways to stay connected and entertained while you #StayAtHome.

Drinks – Fancy a Quarantini?

Missing drinks with friends? Each day send an invite a friend or two for an evening cocktail or a morning coffee using Zoom or Google Hangouts.  

After a day of isolation, it gives us something to look forward to and gives us an excuse to dress up (even if it’s just from the waist up).

An hour with friends, seeing their faces and hearing their laughter can help lift our spirits and reduce anxiety. It gives a sense of normalcy during this strange time.

NETFLIX Night

Host your own entertainment night by picking a movie or a TV show to watch.

Better yet, create a theme (for example, shows with a strong female lead) and make it a movie marathon day.

Install Netflix Party extension on your Google Chrome and invite people to join. With this extension, no need to sync up your start time. This tool lets the party host control the show. Time to find a Netflix show to binge together!

Our highly recommended shows: Love Is Blind (as if it was preparing us for virtual dating), Friends (for comfort) and Street Food (your travel list is about to get longer when this is over).

Dining in

One of our favourite pastimes is dining out with friends and discovering new food.

We can still recreate this experience by finessing our cooking skills. Pick a new recipe that you’d like to try (bonus points if you’re using unusual ingredients that haven’t already been hoarded!).

Share your recipes and pick a time to start cooking with your loved ones. Cook the meal while on FaceTime and eat together when you both finish cooking.

Game Party

Host a virtual gathering with family or friends via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Google Hangouts to play classic games such as chess, monopoly or battleship (provided you all have the games, of course).

Alternatively, using apps such as Houseparty to play online games, can help past the time and bring some joy into your life.

Cultural Dates

Just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t broaden your cultural repertoire.

Why not do a museum hop around the world using virtual tours? Make sure to stay connected with your cultural companion using video calls. 

For the more culture curious, why not attend an online opera with your loved ones. Royal Opera House has made some of their productions available online

Health & Wellness Buddies

Invite a friend for a video call and do a workout together.

Pick a YouTube video or join online classes for your daily dose of fitness and connect with like-minded people.

It's time to roll out the yoga mat and get your body moving. To look after both your physical and mental health. 

Physical exercise releases endorphins to make you feel happier. Chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin can also help to reduce the risk of depression.

To start, discover Code8's wellness workshops. Take your mind off of the every day worries that come with your newfound lockdown lifestyle by joining our free activities such as meditation, dancing and yoga.

Digital Learning

If you’re the type that constantly makes the excuse that you don’t have the time to partake in a hobby or to learn something new, then now is the perfect time to start working on yourself.

Is your goal to read more books this year? Join or create a virtual book club among your friends and discuss your readings.

Want to learn new languages? Find a foreign language buddy to exchange emails and make friends with people from all over the world. Apps like Duolingo or Babbel provide the tools for you to practice a new language every day. Who knows, by the end of the lockdown you may even be fluent! Just in time to put your newfound skills to the test on a long-awaited (and well-deserved!) holiday getaway.

Wanting something more niche? Discover thousands of online courses on platforms like Udemy to make the most of this extra time. From programming languages to guitar lessons, you can learn just about anything under the sun, so get your notebooks ready and get learning!