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Social distancing may be in full effect, but it doesn’t mean your relationships have to fall by the wayside. Now more than ever, it’s important to be proactive in staying connected to your loved ones…it just requires a little creativity!

The extra effort — which, let’s face it, can be done in bed with PJ’s — is well worth it for your mental and emotional health. Taking care of each other from afar is the best way to not just “survive” this era of social distancing, but to thrive. Below, some inspiration for keeping in touch!

Find an App that Works For You

For many of us, phone calls just aren’t cutting it — we want to see the faces that we miss! Thankfully, there’s tons of free options, like FaceTime, Zoom, HouseParty, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts and Skype. Each has its own special features and perks, so experiment to see what works best for you and your loved ones. 

P.S. These apps aren’t just for the youngins! A 2018 study found that the use of video chatting helps reduce the risk of depression in people over the age of 60, so make sure to check in on your less tech-savvy older relatives and offer a tutorial.

Kick off a Fitness Challenge

There’s something about a shared challenge that pushes you that much harder toward your fitness goals! Whether it’s 30 days of yoga, making an eight-minute mile, perfecting your handstand or drinking a certain amount of water each day, see if your friends want to get in on the action, too. Create a shared Google doc or spreadsheet — or a daily check-in — to log your progress and hold each other accountable. 

Start a Book Club

Virtual book clubs can be every bit as invigorating as in-person ones; plus, it’s an ideal time to turn to literature for comfort and inspiration. Round up your bibliophile friends, pick a book to get lost in and then set up a weekly date to discuss. You can also do this with movies or podcasts, too.

Make Collaborative Playlists

Music is the ultimate connector…and mood booster! Why not create a shared playlist on Spotify or Apple Music, and ask your friends to contribute their favorite songs? You’ll get some new tunes to keep you sane at home, and feel connected to your crew at the same time.

Write Letters

If you’re craving a break from screen time, sending a handwritten note is a beautiful way to let your friends and family know they’re on your mind. You don’t have to limit yourself to just letters, either; adding in printed photos, pressed flowers or artwork is sure to brighten their day that much more! 

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Reminiscing on happy memories is a wonderful way to soothe anxiety and loneliness, and to feel the love for the people in your life from afar. Now is the perfect time to organize the photos/scraps floating around your desk drawers and create a scrapbook. Don’t forget to share the old pictures with the people in them, too! 

Hopefully, the ideas above help you remember that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. And, if you want to keep up with your favorite instructors at Haven, you can access virtual classes on! 🙂