Top 5 tips on staying connected and enjoying life at home

Maintaining connections and a social life while in isolation.

As we protect ourselves and the community by staying at home, it’s important to find ways to connect with people and find activities that make us happy.

Here are our top five tips on staying connected and adjusting to life at home.

1. Staying connected

While you maintain physical distance, bring your social activities into your virtual world. From video calls to family and friends to sharing photos on social media and hosting virtual parties on WhatsApp or Skype, you can create your own little virtual world.

Yes, we know it’s not the same as meeting them face-to-face, but do what you can to reach out to others. Let them know you care and share how you are feeling too.

Tip: Enjoying a cuppa or a meal together over video is an easy way to spend some quality time together.

2. Video games

A mother and daughter are smiling while they play a video game together at home on their television.

Even if you’re not a seasoned gamer, video games can be a great way to socialise as well as a way of exploring a world outside the house!

Whether you have a console, computer, or smartphone find a game to enjoy with friends. The Guardian has put together a list with a range of games to play with friends.

You can even play a good old-fashioned board game virtually. Look online for some options you can play with friends from your web browser.

Tip: Get the same snacks as your friends and have them on video call for the full ‘board game night’ experience!

3. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can get you into a whole new environment.

There are plenty of apps offering an experience in nature. Everything from a peaceful stroll through a forest, to diving the ocean’s depths with sharks.

If you have the travel bug, try apps like Google Expeditions to explore attractions all over the world.

Tip: Look for VR apps that need minimal movement. If you have limited mobility, you can still use these in bed or while reclining in a wheelchair.

4. Movie night

Speaking of snacks, get out the popcorn and organise a day and time to watch a movie or TV show with someone. If you have a Netflix subscription, there’s a web browser extension called Netflix Party to help you do this.

Tip: This is one time where you are encouraged to talk during the movie. Message each other about the show while you watch.

5. Online classes

Many places now offer classes online, so you can keep up with your yoga, gym workout, dance classes, or art classes. There are also plenty of free videos on YouTube you can follow along.

Many dance studios have moved their classes online too. Get your body moving by hosting your own virtual dance party using video chat. Or, join one of the dance parties DJs are hosting on Zoom or livestreaming from YouTube and Instagram. It doesn’t matter what your ability or skill level is – just show up!

Have you discovered a great way to stay connected or keep up with a favourite activity? We’d love to hear it!