Editor’s Note: We are all in the same boat these days, and there are many, many ways of handling that. In order to provide you as many ideas as possible, we have asked many different writers for their take on what to do. Here’s Our Second One.
As more and more states are closing businesses and telling citizens to shelter in place, you are probably stuck at home when you are used to being go-go-go. Here are some ways we’re dealing with social isolation in my part of the world.
My friends and I have not only been on a giant group text to entertain one another during the long days working from home but we have been having virtual happy hours and get-togethers via the Houseparty app. This app allows you to organize parties or just hop on at any time to connect with friends with a free Facetime group chat. When friends log on, we are notified so we can check in, should we need some “water cooler” time. We all check in at 5 p.m. and raise a glass and catch up, just as we would for happy hour—actually, we are seeing each other more than we did before social distancing! The app is available for Android and iPhone.
Musicians are stuck at home, just like you, and many of them are hosting free online concerts on Facebook and Instagram. In the last week alone country artists Keith Urban and Willie Nelson, 90s acts like Better Than Ezra, and modern-day artists including John Legend and Matt Nathanson have all hosted shows that get you grooving at home without all the split drinks making the floor sticky and tall people blocking your view. Check out your favorite artists online to see if they are performing.
Just like musicians, fitness instructors are forced to stay home yet are offering online classes. From yoga to Pilates and aerobics to weight training, a variety of classes are available throughout the day and night—for free!
The only thing you really can do that’s safe is to take a walk. Luckily, we have dogs that require it but it’s been even more peaceful than ever without traffic and people. Finding isolated trails we can enjoy just feels like a relaxing Sunday afternoon. And, with spring finally here, we’re cleaning up the yard and deck to enjoy the sunshine (when it comes).
With my kids home from school, we’re finally getting some real quality time together. Just as I did when I was a kid, we are all sitting together at night to watch movies and TV rather than running to different events or to different corners of the house. My teens are loving old movies from the 80s with me, and we’ve ordered puzzles and games from Amazon to keep us busy!