Owing to social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19, we are physically cut off from the outside world. With travel plans and brunch dates with friends abandoned indefinitely, here’s a list of ways in which you can still replicate the joys of socialising, at home
At present, we are deluged with information on COVID-19 from around the world. The pandemic has forced us all indoors till things get better. Although for homebodies this may seem almost comforting, staying cooped up at home can slowly wear you out. However, thanks to the suite of communication technology at our service, we do not have to be completely disconnected from the outside world. Between the exploration of your newfound culinary talents and bingeing on shows, throw a virtual dinner party or attend a live yoga session to stay connected with the community.
What’s your game?
The classics (think: UNO and Monopoly) are making a comeback stronger than ever before. Friends and families are now engaging in virtual altercations over being dealt an unfair hand. Newer games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons are the new rage among millennials, especially in Japan. As the name suggests, this Nintendo Switch series allows you to build and live in a whole new world devoid of any infections. Some say it might be the ideal quarantine game, and we couldn’t agree more. Look to virtual games and get your friends to join in for game nights!
Wine and dine, online
Perks: you will only need to cook a meal for one; you don’t need to worry about cleaning up afterwards; and it’s BYOB or nothing! Companies and friends are opting for Zoom or Google Hangouts to host virtual dinner parties. In times when the otherwise commonplace human touch is a distant dream, it is only natural to seek a likeness to normalcy. So, invite your friends to a virtual dinner party using video chat tools. With traffic ruled out as a viable excuse for being late, set a specific time for the party—and if you prefer, send an agenda to your guests. It can be difficult to be spontaneous on a video call, so an agenda will help keep things fun and lively. Make sure your guests have installed the app well before time and are able to sign in easily. We recommend using the app via your laptop and with a strong broadband connection.
The good live
The morning yoga classes were a way to not only release endorphins, but also to meet your friends and catch up on the previous day’s happenings. However now, it is prohibited to orchestrate such a gathering. So, many instructors have taken to video calling apps such as Zoom or Instagram Live sessions to conduct their classes. So, for those of you who want to learn yoga, Zumba or any other workout, but miss your workout buddy, this is your chance. Tune into the live sessions of any of your favourite routines and ask your friend to tag along from their home. With hundreds of people also following along, you will definitely feel like you are part of the actual class. Don’t forget to put on your athleisure wear for the best experience.
The armchair traveller
Imagine this: You’re seated in the drawing room of Buckingham Palace, sipping on a hot cup of tea soaking in the royal culture. Although jetting off to faraway locations is not an option right now, there is no reason you cannot visit places virtually. Take a tour of the Buckingham Palace or Prince Charles’ residence in Clarence, London. If you are more of an adventurer, embark on a three-hour-long wildlife safari with andBeyond or watch the Northern Lights in Canada thanks to explore.org’s continuous livestream.
Plants and recreation
Known for its effects on anxiety, gardening is the perfect fix for a dull mood caused by the lockdown. Many experts recommend gardening as a way to stay uplifted and energised. Alone, or with your family, you can grow something edible or something beautiful. It will not only imbibe a sense of responsibility and belonging, but also make you happier. Gardening is also an excellent way to stay close to nature and usher in a part of the outside world.
Clearly, this lockdown is no reason to miss out on hanging out with your friends and engaging in some rousing activities like the ones listed above.