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What has COVID-19 taught us so far? The list is long. In retrospect, this pandemic taught us to adapt to the craziest scenarios. We are now facing unknown times, lockdowns, restrictions, and less entertainment opportunities. Therefore, how to stay social during COVID-19? The entire population is struggling with meeting new people, keeping up with relationships, and finding new interesting activities to participate in.
You are not the only one longing for human interaction. We are all in the same boat, learning how to tolerate and resolve our current discomfort. Nonetheless, there are a few changes and additions we could add to our routine to enhance our connection with others:
We must keep in mind that each and every country is dealing with COVID-19 in their own way based on statistics. This being said, restrictions are constantly being updated and shared with the population. For this reason, we must thank technology for providing us with alternative ways to communicate with people, such as downloading apps.
Apps tend to have a detrimental connotation as most associate it with dating apps. However, it is important to outgrow this misconception and to understand apps are an effective and modern way of making new connections and of meeting new people. Additionally, not all apps are dating apps, there are multiple ones created with the intent to develop new friendships - but it ultimately comes down to your goals and needs.
Downloading apps are a perfect way to stay socially connected during the pandemic if you allow yourself to surpass your taboos.
Here are some well-known apps you could download if you are searching for a new partner:
These are some popular apps to download if you are looking to make new friends:
Facebook groups are saviours when it comes to pretty much anything you need, especially if you are seeking relocation advice, trying to sell something, searching for a job, looking to join sport teams & book clubs, or participating in any kind of event.
There is a vast variety of groups to join on Facebook depending on what your interests are. Many of them request some general information before accepting you, such as “why do you want to join this group?” or “where are you from?”, nothing extremely personal.
This being said, here are some exciting groups with welcoming members to socialize with during the pandemic (feel free to search for more specific groups, such as “Beach Volleyball Barcelona”:
In order to stay social during the pandemic, consider organizing and scheduling video calls with people you want to stay in touch with. It goes for both, your personal and professional life - particularly for those working remotely.
Why is it important to stay connected with your family, friends, and coworkers? Because COVID-19 will not last forever, or at least we hope it will not, and as relationships are just like flowers (they must be watered and taken care of in order to grow), they must be cared for and worked on.
When working from home, there is an even higher necessity to keep up the communication between your team, so that you are all on the same page. Likewise, you will want to know what is going on in your loved ones lives, and demonstrate you are there for whatever they need.
Utilize technology to contact family members, expat friends, and your coworkers in order to stay tuned with all the news.
Some options to assist you connecting with coworkers are:
Options to interact with family and friends from a safe distance are:
If you enjoy doing physical activities, this tip will make you very happy. However, if you do not, I would advise you to at least give it a try.
Practicing indoor and outdoor exercise is a great way to stay social during COVID-19. How? Well, let’s break it down into two categories:
There are many countries still in lockdown; therefore, indoor exercise can be your “escape” and chance to socialize. Although there are less options than outdoor activities, consider joining online sport classes, such as yoga, at home workouts, stationary bikes courses, etc.
Do not know where to find them? Here are a few examples:
You would be surprised by the amount of people that had already incorporated these kinds of workouts at home even before the pandemic.
Practicing outdoor sports & doing any type of physical exercise in the open will allow you to keep your distance and meet new people at the same time.
It is true that some countries allow specific outdoor team sports, such as beach volleyball and paddle, but if yours does not, there are many groups of friends rollerblading, running, cycling, and hiking together. If you do not know where to find them, meet some in these Facebook groups:
If you are not into these types of sports at all, try doing yoga, swimming, or even just going for a walk. The chances of socializing are higher when outside of your own home.
Another way to stay social during the pandemic is to e-learn something new! That is right. Do you remember when you wanted to learn that new language, start a new online course, or just learn a new skill? Well, this is your chance! Use it.
There are tons of new stuff you can learn online, such as:
Learning how to play a music instrument: Yousician.
Embracing change is probably the best advice one can give you. It will allow you to accept what is and help you stay focused on the present. In addition, it will keep you from suffering and will open doors to the unknown.
In this case, think of alternatives you have, things you would not do if you were in a different scenario, or even things you wanted to do, but never had the chance to. For instance, consider adopting a pet, starting a new diet, developing a new routine, and/or applying for new job opportunities.
This positive attitude will transform this unavoidable situation we all currently find ourselves in. Make the most out of it!
These are a few tips on how to stay social during COVID-19. We hope you enjoyed the information provided and we would love to hear how your experience is going. Remember to stay mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally healthy.
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