The coronavirus outbreak shouldn’t be a barrier that keeps you isolated from friends and family. With travel restrictions and social distancing rules around, it’s harder to plan a gathering or meet loved ones who are overseas. While you try to keep yourself safe and minimize outings, you can still keep in contact with loved ones using technology. Try these suggestions to stay connected during the pandemic.
With free communication tools like WhatsApp, Skype and Zoom, there are many ways to meet your friends and family virtually. Just make sure you have a desktop or smartphone with an internet connection and you’re all set up. Schedule a video call with your friends or grandchildren and meet them in the comfort of your home. If you’re not familiar with how this works, give your loved ones a simple phone call to stay in touch. Hearing their voices can brighten your day.
Watch a Live Concert
Nope, you don’t have to travel out of your house or squeeze in with others to enjoy some good music. Many performers have started holding virtual live concerts since the pandemic happened. Some of them use Facebook or YouTube to host their concerts and allow you to watch for free. You can even comment and interact with others as you watch the concert. Invite your friends to watch the same concert online and share your thoughts after the performance!
Write a Letter
Not a fan of technology? Though communication apps are convenient to use, nothing beats the warmth of receiving a handwritten letter. If holidays are around the corner, select a nice greeting card to send your friends and family. A simple text message that says ‘Happy holidays’ isn’t as sincere when compared to a handwritten card or letter. Sending letters may be old-fashioned but it may bring smiles to your recipient when they open their mailbox.
Get on Social Media
Not on Facebook or Instagram yet? You’re missing out. Your social circle can instantly expand when you create a Facebook account. It’s one of the best ways to stay connected with younger family members who are frequent users of various social media platforms. Social media may seem like a new world to you if it’s the first time you’re joining. Spend some time exploring it, reconnect with old friends and follow family members to find out their latest updates. Furthermore, you can get to meet new friends by joining online communities or interest groups. It’s time to get that smartphone if you don’t own one yet.
Attend a Virtual Class
Do you have a favorite hobby? Perhaps you love exercising and cooking. Lots of gyms are getting creative and have taken their classes online. Join a free yoga session from home and give your muscles a good stretch. You can also join a cooking class and learn a new dish. Staying home doesn’t mean you have to give up your hobbies! There are lots of ways to continue doing what you love when you get on the internet.