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Staying Connected While Practicing Physical Distancing

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In order to keep our world healthy, millions of people are only leaving their homes to run essential errands and go to essential jobs. Since we are practicing physical distancing until at least April 30th, that means we are going to be spending a lot of time at home. 🏡Now that many of us are not getting our daily social interactions at school or work, we are looking for productive ways to spend our days as well creative ways to stay connected to loved ones. It's important to note that although we are physically apart from some of the important people in our lives at this time, we are emotionally in this together. It's good for our mental and physical health to maintain our relationships, and that's why we've come up with some fun ways to stay connected with your family and friends while we hunker indoors. 

Have a Netflix Party 🎉

Do you have a Netflix account, a computer, and internet access? Then you can watch Netflix with your friends in real time without being in the same room! Netflixparty.com is a free Google Chrome extension that you can download and use to watch Netflix with someone in another place. Everyone participating needs to download the extension and the host of the party shares the link with their friends. The coolest part? There's a chat box feature included on the right side of the screen so you can discuss the WOW moments together.

 

Plan a Virtual Date

Apps like Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom offer an easy way to see people without leaving your home. Set a happy hour date with friends on a Wednesday night or a coffee chat with your coworkers during your lunch break.  ☕

 

Help out Local Seniors 

If you have the free time and the energy, call your local senior center to see how you can help. Many senior centers aren't allowing visitors and the residents can become lonely. Keep a senior company by chatting with them over the phone or Skype if they have the equipment. It's a great way to make someone's day and help your community without leaving the house! Looking for a way to get your kiddos involved? You can have your children create postcards for the senior center staff to hand out to the residents. 😊 

Make a Phone Call  📞

It may seem like an old school move considering all the digital options we can use to communicate, but giving someone a call is still a meaningful way to stay connected. Sometimes, just hearing a loved one’s voice can make a difference in your mood, and theirs! 

Send Mail 📨

It’s rare that we get mail that isn’t catalogs or bills. Make people excited to check the mail again by sending them a letter! You can also send a loved one a small care package they can use if they aren’t able to leave the house to run essential errands.

Join an Online Book Club 📚

There are plenty of online book clubs you can join with your friends! Monthly Book Club is a great option because they pick two books a month and have discussions on their Facebook page. 

 

We hope these ideas can keep your days feeling productive and strengthen your bonds with family and friends. 🤗