The last few weeks have introduced many challenges to all of us—from earthquakes and aftershocks to canceled events and national warnings. However, perhaps the most challenging part of this time is the growing need to keep to ourselves and maintain distance from our loved ones for the safety of all. Although it has been an adjustment, these challenges have presented new opportunities for establishing virtual connections. Below are a few ways to stay connected and socially involved from the safety of your own home:
Host a movie night with Netflix Party
Turns out you don’t need to be in the same room to enjoy a movie with a group of friends. Netflix party allows you to watch the movie at the same time so you can have all the perks of a move night without having to leave your house!
Enroll in an Online Course
Since many of us have extra free time on our hands these days, it’s a great time to reflect on all of the things you’ve always wanted to learn but have never had time to dive into. Online learning is currently at its peak, making it possible for you to learn almost any new skill from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of our favorite online learning platforms that can help you take any skill or hobby to the next level:
Video Chat with Friends and Family
Use video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime to host virtual happy hours, family dinners, and get-together with friends. This is a great way to spend time with your loved ones while still practicing social distancing.
Livestream an Online Workout Class
Staying active is a great way to manage the stress and anxiety that can come along with new life changes. Although many gyms have closed, a majority of them have taken classes online—making it easier than ever to get a sweat in at home. Stay motivated by setting a fitness goal with a friend and check in with each other regularly to remain accountable.
Use the SafeUT App To Chat With a Crisis Counselor
Don’t hesitate to reach out or ask for help during these stressful times. Even though schools are closed, the SafeUT app provides easy access to licensed clinicians that are available to speak with you through chat or over a call 24/7.
We’re All In This Together
Being physically apart should not keep us from feeling connected. Speaking of staying connected, follow us on our social channels for more tips on staying healthy and happy during these unprecedented times. We’d love to hear from you!