In this oddly surreal time we currently find ourselves in, we have all had to adapt quickly to our temporary new normal. Physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. It took me a few weeks but I’ve learned how to stay social in the time of social distancing.
How To Stay Social in the Time of Social Distancing
Before “all of this”, I did not realize how much I treasured my daily social activities with friends. On a “normal
day, there would be a group run or a coffee date or a lunch with friends. I would coach my Girls on The Run Team in the afternoons at the elementary school. I would pop into the grocery store or the post office and “run into” a friend or two and catch up. All of the sudden, those normal everyday social interactions were taken away from all of us.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve found a few ways to stay social that are helping me navigate social distancing. Here are a few ideas to help you stay social in the time of social distancing.”Zoom” has become the new favorite for everything social.
Host a Virtual Happy Hour or Coffee dAte
We now have virtual Friday afternoon happy hours on Zoom for our running group. These “meet ups” have given me the opportunity to catch up with people who I seldom see and those who I often see. We also get a glimpse into home life with barking dogs and crying babies. Oh and there’s wine.
Host a Virtual Book Club
Choose a book and invite some of your besties to join you in a virtual book club. We are currently on our second round of our new book club. We just read “In 5 years” which was the Good Morning America book club pick last month. I hope this is something that we can continue (in person) at some point.
Create A recipe exchange
With more people cooking and baking, it’s fun to trade ideas and recipes with friends. Ask friends to share their weekly favorites via email or Facebook.
Go on walks “together”
Schedule a phone chat with a friend and go on a walk together. It almost feels like you are walking together and the time flies by even faster.
Broadcast to a wider social network
Always thought about starting your own podcast? Now may be the time. Check out Vurbl Podcasts a new podcast hosting site launching soon.