The lockdown has denied many people from meeting their loved ones for a very long time now, and coping may be becoming a challenge.
For the lucky few, lockdown has provided them with more than quality time with their loved ones, but for others, it is nothing but a hindrance from seeing theirs. For most people, there is nothing better than getting together with family and friends, it refreshes their minds and uplifts their spirits. With all these interactions taken away, it is natural to feel off.
To beat the Covid-19 blues, Rioma Cominelli, Director at First Loyalty Plus, believes that now more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental health by remembering just how resourceful you can be.
While nothing beats sitting next to someone you care about and having a sweet and long conversation, online tools provide the next best thing which enables us to be there for each other even without being physically there.
Following are Rioma’s top five ideas for staying connected with loved ones even during lockdown:
- Online watch parties
Unleash your inner movie critic! Send your family and friends a Google Hangout link or Zoom invite that they can open on their laptops, tablets or smartphone and watch a movie together. Agree on a movie, then pick a method of communication: video calling, voice chatting, text messaging, and start watching at the same time. Don’t forget the popcorn for a real movie experience.
- Take a virtual vacation
If you are dreaming about taking a stroll on a sun-drenched beach or hiking in the mountains, whisk you and your friends away onto the world wide web and travel at the click of a mouse. Decide on your destination beforehand and then give each person an opportunity to share their destination through pictures and video. It could be somewhere you’ve already visited or your dream vacation. The more people you get involved, the more travel destinations you will visit in one sitting.
- Cook together
Find the recipe of your favourite meal online, then challenge your friends and family to make it together at the same time. Make sure that everyone has the same ingredients and set up a video call so that you make the meal together. The proof however will be in the tasting, so get together online when the dish is ready and compare tasting notes too.
- Virtual happy hour
Grabbing a drink at your local bar or restaurant with your friends is a great way to decompress, but unfortunately, it is off the cards. If you are missing this as part of your weekly routine, you can throw a fun virtual happy hour from home. Throwing an online happy hour is very similar to an online watch party. Everyone can enjoy a drink and spend time gossiping together virtually.
- Social distance workouts
Try setting up a regular, common workout time with a friend or loved one. You can even attend online exercise classes together. This way, you can motivate each other in real-time and hold each other accountable to push toward new goals.
Rioma concludes: “Spending quality time with friends and family is just good for the soul. Being happier, healthier and learning more are all advantages that should motivate even the most dedicated of loners to get out there and mingle.”