Physical isolation doesn’t have to result in social isolation.
Finding time in each day to share with others in your household or via phone, text, letter, video calls/messages or online meeting platforms protects our good mental health. Connect with the people who matter most to you whether it be your partner, child, friend, sibling, or parents as well as work mates/colleagues to maintain both deep and broad relationships. Leaving a note on your loved ones keyboard letting them know how much they matter to you, can brighten up the most challenging day.
Tech platforms are cheap and relatively reliable. Try hosting a dinner party or singing Karaoke using Skype for up to 10 people, or set up Group FaceTime for up to 32 people, or if you are on Android device, try Google Duo for up to 8 people. Phone call, Messenger or WhatsUp or Facetime for 1:1 connections. Zoom is (free for 40 minutes) Google Hangouts for up to 8 people or Webex or Fam for family group chats, dinners or birthday parties. Tribe also hosts, groups up to 8 and HouseParty for bigger parties.
Apps such as HouseParty come complete with quizzes and games. You can now also join your friends at online music gigs galleries and theatre. Just decide when enjoy the fun and catch-up for the shared critique afterwards using one of the apps.
Don’t want to watch a movie alone – Netflix offers Netflix party so friends using google chrome can watch the same movie together. If you are more of a gamer, you can join your friends online and play a host of games.