Social distancing may be our new way of living, at least for the short term. Staying 6 feet or 2 meters apart from all friends, neighbours and even family is the only way to get through this pandemic and stop the spread of the dreaded covid-19 virus. But how can we be happy – and spread happiness – at a distance?
Well, it is possible, but it will require some creativity and a new way of thinking. Of course, we are used to visiting our friends when we want to cheer them up or help them out, but no longer are we permitted to visit in person. We usually bake or cook for our friends, socialize or go out together. How can we continue to spread happiness when we can no longer do what we usually do? Here are some ideas to help you cope, and be happy, while social distancing:
Set up a video meet with friends or family. Make it over coffee or dinner or just a chat. Many video programs are available for free and easy to use and can accommodate 2 or more people. It’s a great way to stay in touch with a group when we can’t see each other in person.
Send gift cards or gifts to friends or loved ones. Instead of going to the store, buy gifts on line and have them sent right to their door. You can send e- gift cards as well so they can do their own shopping from the comfort of their home.
On your weekly grocery run, support local flower growers who still have flowers to sell. Buy a bouquet and drop them on the doorstep of your friend or family. Make sure to text or call them so they know there is a colourful gift waiting at their front door. Guaranteed to brighten someone’s day.
When doing your weekly grocery shop, ask a neighbour or friend if they need anything and drop the bag on their doorstep. Saving someone a trip is good for the environment and good for social distancing.
For the younger friends and family, send a virtual scavenger hunt that they can do on their own time. Choose items easily found in their backyard or neighbourhood and ask them to send you a photo when they are finished. You can keep track and send them an e-gift or just a congratulations on-line.
Share Free Online Fitness & Yoga Classes With Others
Keep up your fitness routine or start a new one by finding a yoga or fitness class on line. Send the link to a friend and make a weekly date to do it together. You will both feel better for the effort and have a shared fitness goal.
Binge Watch With a Friend
Many shows and movies are available to watch. Choose a new series to watch with a friend and have a weekly, or daily, chat or meet up to discuss what has happened. It’s a fun distraction and an enjoyable way to share a show or movie.
Start a Virtual Book Club
Choose a few friends or family members and start a book club. Books can be available free from an online app from your library, or choose an e-book or audio book. Make a date to discuss the book and share your ideas for the next one.
Make Happiness Out of Social Distancing
There are many ways to stay connected during the covid-19 pandemic. Staying connected will keep you happy and spread some happiness among your friends and family. Social distancing will keep us apart physically, but we can still get together in many virtual ways. Staying connected will keep the happiness and joy, in our homes and our lives, alive.