Top 5 virtual activities to keep you connected
Social isolation doesn’t have to mean loneliness. Whether you opt to use Zoom, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets or something different, there are plenty of ways to chat with your loved ones face to face and stay connected.
But how do you keep things interesting? According to the Centre of Social Impact, fresh research shows that some online activities help people to bond as well as boost the release of endorphins which stimulate general happiness.
So with that in mind, here are the top five activities to spice things up as you stay in touch with your nearest and dearest.
1. Play a game
If you’re a sucker for a board game night, why not take that tradition online! There are a bunch of card games and board games available that can be played virtually. Some include, Cards Against Humanity, bingo, Uno, Scattergories etc. You’re sure to find one of your favourites.
Not a fan of board games? That’s cool, there are plenty of other games you can play with your mates or family members over a video call. Why not try a round of trivia, charades or even a bit of Karaoke? It may feel a little strange at first but once you get the hang of it, it can be loads of fun.
2. Do a class
Spending more time at home leaves you more time to learn something new, so why not do it with a buddy or a group? Whether it’s art, cooking, a new language or even a musical instrument, taking on a fresh skill could be exactly what you need to keep things interesting. There are a whole bunch of companies that offer classes like these as alternatives to their regular in-person options. So jump on google and you’ll likely find something that floats your boat.
Doing a group workout with family and friends is a great way to motivate each other to get up and moving! We’ve got so many workouts on demand for you to try out. Click here to access our online workouts.
3. Start a book or movie club
Been reading a lot during lockdown? Chat about it!
A great way to keep connected with your loved ones is to talk about a book you’ve been reading. Set up a regular time to discuss the book and ask questions about it to the people around you. And if reading isn’t your style, there’s nothing stopping you from discussing your favourite movie or TV show!
4. Take a world tour
Did you know you can travel the world from the comfort of your couch? Well, in 2020 you can. Whether you want to take a stroll down the Great Wall of China, gaze at the Taj Mahal or explore the Acropolis of Athens, it’s all possible online.
While it’s true that these sorts of tours don’t replace real travel, it’s a great way to stimulate your mind and inspire trips with your family and friends for the future. It does require a little imagination, but once you open your mind the possibilities are endless!
5. Host a dinner party
If you miss having your mates around for a weekend spread, there’s no reason to give up on enjoying a meal together. Set up a call with your friends or family and have a virtual dinner party. Whether you all enjoy the same food and drinks or different ones, you may be surprised by the impact that having some fresh (virtual) faces around the dinner table can have.
Centre for Social Impact: https://www.csi.edu.au/media/uploads/csi-covid_factsheet_loneliness.pdf