Though we can’t exactly go out and meet with people at this time, it is still important to check in with other people. To hear that I would be social distancing for a while came in two waves. The first one was: oh no, I’m going to miss my friends and family so much! I won’t see my cousin on her first birthday. Dad won’t have his planned party. Second one: yes, no crowds! Don’t have to put up with other people’s ignorance or loud voices. More time for reading.
Even before isolation, my most valued socialising was that with characters of books. However, I must admit that I miss my friends. So I like to check in with them! There are many ways I maintain contact with the outside world. I’d just like to share a few of those ideas, in case you’d like to try them for yourself.
- Play a video game, like Animal Crossing, and compete online with each other.
- Create a collaborative playlist on Spotify, then use a 30 day song challenge to fill it up.
- Video call (or just audio if your wi-fi is bad like mine!)
- Want to get in shape? Try a workout challenge but get your best friend to do it with you! Hold each other accountable over text or even video call while working out.
- Reach out to new people on Instagram, then start conversation in their DMs.
- Post more on your story, so people know what you’re up to.
- Start communication through letters (emails would be the most hygienic way!)
- Start communication in a different language! Perhaps write to an overseas penpal, or challenge a friend to learn with you.
- Buddy read! Check out online book clubs or even do it with someone you know already.
- Netflix parties are really fun, and you don’t have to use your mouth – just type.
- Ask random questions to start text conversation.
- Plan an event for when isolation is over (but of course don’t book anything)
- Start a blog and socialise with people over the Internet.
- Begin a competition – who can read the most pages in a day? How long can you study for at a time? Make sure it’s something constructive that will motivate you.
- Finally, just phone someone up. Though we don’t do much of that these days, we ought to. Reach out to an elderly family member (or someone who can’t access the Internet!)
Thank you for reading my ideas. Hope you caught some inspiration from them! Don’t forget that today is social Saturday, so try one of them out. Or, like me, just socialise with the pages of books… Anyway to get in touch with other people is really beneficial to your own mental health and theirs. I especially love the question: how are you?
How are you genuinely feeling today? What will you do to get talking with someone this Saturday?
Take care of yourselves! We only have one day left of the launch for The Positivity Project. Tomorrow is self-care Sunday. Hope you join in with me 🙂
Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.