10 ways to stay connected during social distancing
18 March 2020
In the current climate of social distancing there are still tons of ways you can stay social, healthy and engaged online. We wanted to share with you some of the top ways to still feel part of a community, from Netflix parties to online book clubs. Remember, we’re all in this together and can help support each other!
1.Virtual hang outs
While trips out may be off the table, we’re lucky to have all this technology at our fingertips to catch up with friends. From Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp video calls and Facetiming you can still connect with friends and family. It’s more important than ever to check in with your pals and super easy to stay connected.
2. Get creative
You know those books you always meant to read? Or arts and crafts you mulled over starting? Now is the time to tick them off your list. You can even engage with wider networks such as online book clubs or online arts and craft classes.
3. Online exercise
You can still stay active online, from yoga to HIIT classes, mindfulness to body pump there are endless resources. Les Mills is renowned for its live stream top workouts. You Tube’s online catalogue can get you access to pretty much whatever work out you’re after! Here’s a few to try:
- Dance worktops to great jams: Fitness Marshall
- Fitness work outs: Pop Sugar and Fitness Blender
- Pilates: Blogilates
- Yoga: Yoga with Adriene
4. Mindfulness and meditation
This is an unsettling time for all and it’s important to keep mentally healthy as well as physically. Make sure you check in with friends and family, we can all support each other. Mindfulness can be a great way to de-stress and reduce anxiety. Apps like Headspace and Calm have got some great exercises.
5. Netflix parties
Aint no party like a Netflix party…. A new way to watch Netflix together
Watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows.
6. Positive environment
With more time being spend inside, home environment is more important than ever. Simple tasks like tidying your space or reorganising can help you feel more in control.
Look for ways to build a sense of control in your daily routine by setting a light schedule - give yourself a couple of tasks to complete each day.
8. Get creative in the kitchen
Now is the time to hone your culinary skills. Cooking can be super relaxing, and you can make bulk meals to freeze down to keep you going. Share images of what you’re making online with friends, you could even have a virtual ‘cook off’! Check out our recipe for vegan chilli non carne.
9. Connect with nature
Where safe and possible, go for a walk, a run or a bike ride. The National Trust have also agreed to remove all pay barriers from National Trust parks and Gardens for people to be outside in nature for their own mental wellbeing, just be sure to maintain distance from others in line with government advice on social distancing.
And most importantly…
10. Remember you’re not alone
Everyone around the globe is being impacted. Simply remembering we’re not alone can be a massive comfort, so when you experience those feelings, remind yourself others are too.