The coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures have changed human communication in ways that no one could have predicted in the modern era.
Monday 16th August, 2021
Border closures and movement restrictions have placed significant challenges for staying connected with the world, but especially for those who have been separated from their loved ones. Social separation has also increased screen time for almost everyone and has boosted anxiety levels in an already uncertain situation. While some countries are currently enjoying more freedom than others, many people still feel disconnected and are finding it difficult to navigate their way back to a normal way of life.
That said, there are options to
consider that can help improve mental health while staying in contact with friends and family:
Virtual dine and drink
Organising meals and drinks has never been easier from the comfort of a home.
Instead of spending days trying to find an agreed venue and time, friends and families are now a zoom call away from having a pleasant conversation
and a fun time.
There are plenty of social media channels to choose from, such as Zoom, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, as well as endless options for food and beverages.
Streaming platforms such as Netflix, HBO, Disney+ and many others are now offering almost limitless content for their subscribers.
Watching movies and television shows could always be a ‘me-time’ thing, but
why not change it and, instead, organise a movie night with a twist?
Even if on different continents, individuals can consume the same content at any time of the day, so it might be entertaining to make some popcorn, sit
on a couch, turn on a laptop, and have friends and family joined on the call while watching a good movie or a show.
It is no secret that the entertainment industry has suffered considerably due to social distancing restrictions.
Event organisers have gone above and beyond to try and earn some income, as well as make their customers happy
while certain boundaries remain.
However, it is now possible to have fun with a group of friends who may have a similar taste in music and attend concerts and festivals from home, via social media where everyone could
have almost as much fun as during the live show.
Socialising while playing a multiplayer game has always been known as a fun way to spend some quality time with friends, and to meet new people.
The three things that one needs for gaming are a gaming console or a personal computer,
an engaging game, and some time.
Once those things are settled, the fun can begin and last for hours.
Exercising without gym facilities has left many in a desperate need of finding a way to stay active and sane during lockdown.
Going to the gym provides a social aspect to working out, therefore it might be energising to schedule
an online call with other gym junkies and keep it interesting and engaging.
Another motivational idea could be assembling a designated space for working out.
Staying active that way might be more appealing,
as a specifically designed area for exercising brings a more familiar feeling to the gym.
Giving back to the community could be one of the most fulfilling things to do and really does improve overall wellbeing.
The previous year has left many individuals jobless, homeless, or in any need of help.
is where anyone can jump in and save the day – with a kind heart and willingness to genuinely make someone happy.
There are also plenty of charity groups that organise waste clean-ups, which could ultimately save not only
people, but also animals and the environment.