(AscendHealthy.com) – How are you holding up? Don’t feel bad if you’ve been having an increasingly hard time with social distancing. It seems like we fell into the Twilight Zone a lifetime ago, and it’s taking its toll on many of us. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to find creative ways to keep the interaction going — and ourselves sane. Here are a few ideas.
Check Out These Creative Social Distancing Ideas.
Go Online Clubbing
Did you used to have an active nightlife? Maybe you miss dressing up and showing off your moves. You might be able to fill that void by going online clubbing. Check out virtual clubs like Quarantee and Co-Reality Collective. Meet your friends or have a drink with a handsome stranger while you find your groove on the virtual dancefloor — live DJ included.
Have Your Own Party
Enjoy a night in. Mix or brew something strong, grab a handful of your closest friends on Zoom or Skype and let the fun begin! Tune to the same online radio station for some shared ambiance or take turns singing karaoke songs on YouTube. Or maybe you want to watch a movie? Have a Netflix Party and chat while you and your friends all watch the same video stream.
Play a Game
Gaming gives you tons of ways to interact. Old-school gamers can play D&D via Zoom or Skype, or you can go really old-school and go MUDding. Multiple User Dialogue (MUD) is the original RPG, using dialogue windows to move you through the story. Invite your best buds and go on an adventure!
Take it a little higher-tech with a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). These games, which include World of Warcraft (WoW) and Baldur’s Gate, have fully interactive worlds for you to explore, and it’s easy to connect with friends. Or maybe you’d have fun playing some virtual hide-and-seek in Dead by Daylight, where one of you plays a horror-movie-style slasher and the rest of you try to survive the night.
Another option to consider is Second Life. Create an avatar, set up an alternate you and socialize in virtual hangouts. There’s a huge online world out there, just waiting for you and your friends to check out.
Start an Online Interest Group
What do you enjoy most in this world? Whether you’re obsessed with books, gardening, painting, knitting or home improvement, you can count on there being other people who share your interests. Start a group with a few friends and meet online at least once a month to explore your passion together.
For the Kids
Are you having a hard time keeping little ones entertained? Get them involved virtually in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts of America. Both groups have tons of resources and activities to help keep kids connected and engaged. Do you belong to a church or fellowship that includes a youth group? See what they’re doing to set up virtual services. Set your kids up on online playdates with their friends, letting them catch up on supervised video chats — and don’t forget regular meetings with the grandparents.
We’re all feeling the strain, but we can survive this — even if it means we need to double up on our efforts for a while. Continuing social distancing is the last thing most of us want to do right now, but we must remember we’re doing this for an important reason. We’re all in this together, and once this is past us, we’ll emerge from this stronger, more appreciative and readier than ever to build a better, brighter future.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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