One of the things we want to do in the current crisis is signpost resources and suggestions for ensuring we all retain our wellbeing (wherever possible); so we’ll be sharing ideas and resources which you may find useful at this time.
Our first post is a couple of suggestions as to how you can be sociable while socially isolating.
For one, many of us would benefit in spending less time on Facebook and more communicating with each other directly – either in text typing (messenger or WhatsApp) or, even better in conversation – phone or either of the above – however nothing beats face to face; and here are our suggestions:-
Virtual coffee or tea break
Get a zoom.us app* and invite a few friends to join you for a cuppa; we suggest you avoid discussing woeful stuff – but maybe find out how everyone is coping and adapting to changing situations – if anyone is self isolating, can you help them? Is there a collaborative project you could do or maybe mini TED talks between friends – helping people learn a bit more about your world or life? Maybe even do activities together – virtual gym class, anyone?
You could add these sessions regularly into your day to create structure and cheer up the friends you invite.
*On free Zoom accounts meetings are limited to 40 minutes, and other solutions are available.
Meet in the park
While we’re mostly still able to get out – but maybe wary of being in each other’s homes – why not have meetings outdoors – in the park, the woods, by the river/canal, in a garden or just along the street. Getting out, doing light exercise and interacting with a friend / neighbour (at a safe distance) is a great way to provide the stimulus we may be missing right now.
We’re very interested to hear how you’re coping with the changing world – please let us know by email or via social media.