The coronavirus has affected our lives in many ways, including how we keep in touch with our families and friends. But just because you can’t see your family and friends in person, doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch with them. There’s many of ways online, and offline, to socialise while social distancing.
Here’s our guide to keeping in touch with family and friends while social distancing:
Keeping in Touch – Online:
Technology has brought us many things, including the ability to talk to our family and friends online. You could arrange a video chat with the whole family, or a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. There’s a whole host of apps or tools out there, including Facebook, Zoom, Whatsapp and Skype to name a few.
If you’re looking for something to do, why not organise a quiz night and put your general knowledge to the test. Or, you could have a family dinner or perhaps a bingo night. If you’ve been reading more, why not set up a book club amongst your friends?
Remember to make time for yourself, trying to keep in touch with too many people all at the same time can be tiring even for the most social amongst us. If you don’t feel up for chatting to your friends that day, let them know and rearrange for when you’re up for it.
Keeping in touch – offline:
There are some older family members who might not be comfortable with technology, why not take the time to check in with them on the phone. If they’re following the advice from the government to stay at home, you could check in and see if they need anything picked up and dropped at their doorstep.
Did you have a pen pal when you were younger? Why not take that hobby back up now and write to your family and friends? It could be a nice surprise for them to receive an unexpected letter. If you’ve got kids, you could get them to draw something and include that. Or, if your kids are missing your friends, encourage them to write letters too. If you live locally you could walk round together and post it through their door.
Meeting in Person:
From Wednesday 13th May, the government is allowing you to meet 1 on 1 with a person from outside your household, as long as you stay 2m apart and you’re meeting outside. This means you can also play a non-contact sport together, such as tennis, if you stay distanced. However, if you’ve been told to shield and stay at home you should continue to do so.