Healthy ways to stay socially connected during isolation

During these times of social distancing and isolation it is important to keep in touch and stay connected with family and friends to maintain a healthy state of mind.

Here are a few ways that you can stay socially connected to avoid loneliness and boredom:

Group-watch a movie

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Video streaming platforms such as Netflix have created movie hangout spaces that allow different groups of people to watch the same program together from their respective homes/accommodation.

Plan an online happy hour with friends

Take advantage of technology and organise a time for you and your friends to group video call over drinks or snacks much like the way you would in a public space

Visit a museum

Some museums have found a new way to offer creative inspiration during social distancing by offering virtual tours.

Start a virtual cooking club

woman preparing a meal

Use your favourite social media platform to share your favourite recipe with others and organize a cook-off.

Begin an online book club

Begin a book club online and share your thoughts and ideas each week through a group chat.

Start a work-out group

Being in isolation can make working out and finding the motivation to work out difficult. Group support can help individuals stay focused on their health and fitness goals.

Health video calls

You can stay connected with your GP during isolation using online platforms. Healthdirect Australia have introduced a new way for patients to communicate with their doctors for medical concerns and queries via video calls.

Veterinary health video calls

Many veterinarians across the world are now offering telemedicine to help pet-owners with their queries and concerns.

Maintain social distancing and isolation

Social distancing is a vital practice to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 slows down. If you must be out in public, remember to:

  • stay at least 1.5 meters away from others
  • avoid handshakes, hugs, and kisses
  • Minimise your cash usage and tap instead
  • Try to go out during a time when it is less crowded
  • Avoid public gatherings
  • Practice good hygiene
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