Staying hunkered down during self-quarantine can sometimes feel lonely, especially if you live alone. However, there’s no reason you have to feel lonesome! There are plenty of ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while practicing safe social distancing and complying with your local stay-at-home orders. Los Angeles-based travel and lifestyle expert Lindsay Myers shares nine ways of staying virtually connected.

Young mother with her daughter smiling while videoconferencing at home during coronavirus self quarantine.

Virtual Social Activities

Courtesy of Get Lost with Lindsay

It is very important for us all to stay connected right now. We need each other more than ever. Even though we cannot physically be around each other doesn’t mean we can’t connect. Thankfully technology makes this easier for us. If we can find small joys each day and healthy distractions right now, why not take them!

From Facebook Workplace, Zoom, to Instagram live, Google Hangouts, or Skype there are many apps and websites that allow us all to group chat and keep the happy hour going. This is a tough time for us all. So, whether you just make coffee dates or do some crazy activities, being virtually social and seeing the people we love sure help our mental and emotional state!

Wine Tastings

You can all buy wines from the same regions and compare notes. You can also feel like you are on a little worldly adventure.

Cocktail Party

Create a cocktail theme, then see how many different versions you all have.

Dinner Parties

Either all eat the same type of cuisine, or just eat dinner and hang out. It’s all about the company.

Dance Party

Create a playlist that everyone can have access to, and dance your heart away. This is a great exercise, and also a great way to get that stress out.

Beaming Latin woman on a video chat while lying on the floor.

Movie Night

The new version of Netflix and Chill. All play the same movie and pop some popcorn.

Book Club

The club doesn’t have to end just because of the situation. Pick a book and have weekly virtual meetings.

Get Crafty

Weekly send out ideas for art and crafts projects and then video chat about the finished project, or do them while you are chatting. (knitting, painting, jewelry etc.)

Costume Party

Name that theme and everyone dress up!

Birthday Party

So many people are missing their birthdays with those they love right now. Just because you can’t see each other doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Have a cake delivered, and all sing through video. Make them feel the love!

Need more ways to beat the boredom? Check out 5 Ways to Fight the Coronavirus Blues.

How do you stay connected with the people you care about during self-quarantine? Tell us in the comments!

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