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5 Activities That Feel Social while Social Distancing

Mar 30, 2020 11:50AM ● By Gabrielle Varela
With the recent issuing of Stay at Home/ Stay Safe orders in both Vermont and New Hampshire, now more than ever we should be hunkering down. Sick or healthy, abiding by the CDC guidelines for self-isolation is the only way to slow the spread and flatten the curve of Covid-19 virus. We know boredom and loneliness can be just as taxing so here are ten activities to keep your social life up while your spirit may be down.

Hit Happy Hour

Grab a coffee, grab a glass of something and get some face time in with friends. From Facetime to Skype, Google Hangouts, and the like there are many services to help you reach your people all over the world. Vent, gossip, honor your office happy hour virtually, host one with the girls, tune into some of the many virtual happy hours and bar crawls set up by bartenders that miss you too! Whatever the common ground, stay connected with your community and each other.


Arm Chair Travel

When the wanderlust hits, travel to some of the best museums in the world from your couch with a virtual tour. Over 500 museums and galleries around the world teamed up with Google Arts and Culture to provide virtual tours. Viewers can go inside Europe’s famous castles like Versailles and Buckingham Palace or adventure through U.S. National Parks to see Alaska’s Fjords or volcanoes in Hawaii.


Exercise

Even if you’re not a huge fitness buff, stave off boredom and depression by moving your body. When going for a run is risky, log on to join one of the many online classes going live. Local yoga studios Mighty Yoga (NH) and Open Door (VT) are continuing practice online or check out this list by Well + Good for free boutique exercise classes streaming now.


Book club/ Good Reads

Get an early start on your summer reads and plow through that reading list! It’s so cozy to hole up with a book but connecting with other bibliophiles might be just what you need. Look to sites like GoodReads for recommendations or start your own local online book club. Tap into your inner critic and leave reviews!!


Howl

Actually going stir-crazy? A new movement on Facebook spanning across the country through a public page is calling for everyone to howl every night at the moon. Whether for release or solidarity, I’m not sure I’m against it...Share your unbridled moon dances with #howlat8


Get into a (respectful) debate on Facebook

Connect, debate, friend those familiar faces. Just save the DMs for dating sites.


Quarantine family movie night

Whoever your housemates are (yes, your pets count), grab the popcorn and have a movie marathon. Companies are releasing movies early to keep the entertainment coming (Thank you Disney+ for Frozen 2) or just knock through some classics for a quiet night with those you’re stuck with.

Become an Expert

Make a cooking show. Make a tutorial. Make a tik tok video. Start that Youtube channel. Share your talents (or your best attempts) with the world!


Buy and sell the clothes you don’t wear anymore

You know how you spent the first three days of this spring cleaning and organizing? Here’s your chance to reward yourself with some extra $$. Consignment sites like Poshmark and Thredup are the perfect way to clear out your closet. Then, buy something that sparks joy.

Accept a challenge, serve a challenge

You’re on your social meeds anyway. If you haven’t been challenged yet, be the first to nominate your friends and family for trending campaigns like #seeapuppostapup #20for2020challenge etc.

 

Be safe, be sane and comment below on how you’re making the most of your self-quarantine.

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