How to Stay Social
In 2020 we have all become accustomed to new terms, such as “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.” It has all been in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, Covid-19. During these times, we have been asked to stay home as much as possible. The term social distancing has now been updated to “physical distancing” as psychologists say it is still important to stay social during lockdowns, shutdowns, and quarantines. We have put together a list of how to stay social during these times.
As humans, we are social creatures that thrive on staying connected as long-term isolation tends to be psychologically damaging. By and large, many groups of friends and families have found ways to keep their distance but still engage socially. Here are some fun ways to stay social and keep your distance at the same time.
- Front Yard Neighborhood Barbecue – Have you ever thought about bringing your grill to the front of your house? If not, you should probably give it a try. Neighborhoods all across the country are having front yard barbecues to keep social and still maintain their distance. You can invite all of your neighbors to join your family as you grill some dogs or burgers, play some fun music, and crack open a refreshing drink.
You can make a Facebook group, hang up flyers or give your neighbors a call to set up the party. Even if you cannot gather together, you can grill together. It’s a great chance to see your neighborhood like never before. It might even become a tradition that keeps ongoing for years to go.
- Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation Car Parade – A huge phenomenon sweeping the country is the car parade in place of celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers, etc. You could literally have a car parade for any fun event you want to acknowledge. The best part is that participants can decorate their cars, make fun signs and banners to proudly display. Each car and stop at the participants home for a long distance selfie and present drop off. Get out the streamers, noise makers and party in a new light.
- Backyard Neighborhood Zumba Party – Some neighborhoods are better set up for this fun event. An organized backyard neighborhood Zumba (or any fitness genre) party is what might really help lift your spirit. This group from Utah was able to play some music and follow along thanks to a megaphone. It sure looks like fun.
- Zoom Parties – You might already be familiar with Zoom because of work or school, but there are other ways to take advantage of video conferencing. It doesn’t have to be all work. You can create Zoom parties with groups of friends and family. You can have dinner together, raise a glass to cheers or just chit chat about current events. It is truly a way to stay connected even while maintaining your distance.
- Online Fitness Groups – If your backyard neighborhood is not conducive to a Zumba party, you can still get your fitness checked off for the day. Many health clubs, Youtubers and other health professionals are offering online fitness groups or classes. Oftentimes they are even free. It might not be quite as interactive as the other options listed.
- Virtually Volunteer – Believe it or not, you can volunteer in the comfort of your own home. In this article, there are 8 different ways you can lend a helping hand, free of charge. You just might land your next opportunity to give back to your community.
- Local Entertainment – As you might have guessed, nearly every festival, outing and event has been canceled. Local entertainment has been left in the dust, or has it? Believe it or not, many places are offering free, virtual tours while they remain closed to the general public. Ever wanted to see an art collection or a museum? Now is your chance. Check out these virtual options.
Essentially, social distancing and physical distancing are not the same. During any time being physically away from people doesn’t mean you have to lack all forms of social interaction. There are plenty of ways to still enjoy the company of others and boost your morale. There is a lot of psychological damage that can occur if you do not explore the ways to stay social and keep your distance all at the same time.