It’s important that we do our best to take care of ourselves and check in on loved ones who might face mental health challenges during this time.
To help you remain connected to your social network, here are some ideas:
- Schedule regular calls with friends and family like you would schedule a work meeting. If you can, make them video calls, using FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or other video-calling options.
- Start a text or email chain with friends about good articles to read, videos to watch, podcasts to listen to, songs to listen to, etc.
- Catch up with old friends you’ve been out of touch with by email, phone, or on social media platforms.
- Play online games with friends using apps, such as Words with Friends.
- Start up an impromptu virtual book club with a friend or group of friends, by starting to read the same book together, then check in to discuss it.
- Start watching TV shows or movies at the same time with friends, then check in to discuss them.
- Call or video-chat with friends while taking virtual tours together of museums, national parks, and more from Google Arts & Culture.
- Move together: plan walk-and-talk phone conversations for when you walk around your respective neighborhoods, plan to attend the same online workouts, or schedule online dance parties.
- Start a recipe exchange with family or friends by email, a shared drive, or Google docs.
- Tune in to live-streamed concerts and other events together.
- Have neighbors you know? Plan to meet up outside at a safe distance for daily or regular check-ins.
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