How to Stay Connected While Social Distancing
Just because many of us can’t hang out with friends or family in person doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected while social distancing. In fact, the National Institute of Health says that being social and talking with our loved ones is essential to our mental health. Here are some ways to stay connected to friends without leaving your house.
Reach out to friends and family
According to Advent Health, social distancing and isolation can lead to an increase in anxiety, stress, and loneliness. Even if you’re isolating with family or roommates, we are all cut off from support networks. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever for us to keep in touch with each other. It’s important to continually reach out to loved ones via video chat, phone call, and text message, especially the longer we are isolated.Many of us are more active on social media than before and while it’s always nice to see someone has commented on a post or liked a photo, try contacting friends more directly, even with something as small as a text, to let people know you’re thinking about them.
Host a virtual game night
Do you want to stay connected and need a distraction from the news? Then invite friends to a virtual game night. With a quick search, you can find many popular board games online, in both paid and free options. If video games are more your style, there are plenty of multiplayer apps with classic games like Mario Kart and Minecraft.
If you need some inspiration, here a couple of games to check out:
- Playingcards.io (play card games online)
- Houseparty (phone app that allows you to play games while video chatting)
Connect through video workouts
Miss your workout buddy? Need a little help staying active? Set up a time to do video workout with a friend. Planet Fitness offers free videos and livestreams for no-equipment routines you can do at home and there are a variety of YouTube workouts you can follow along together.
If you’re not into a structured workout routine, video chat a friend, put on your favorite tunes, and have a dance party. Dancing is a low impact cardio workout that keeps you healthy and can improve your mood.
Go on a virtual tour with a friend
If you’ve never had a chance to visit famous museums or check out your local galleries, now is the perfect time. Many of the most popular institutions around the world, including The British Museum, The Louvre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, offer a variety of virtual experiences. So call a friend and learn something new together.
If you’re looking for other ways to get out of your house without leaving your living room, read our article 5 Virtual Tours When You Need a Change of Scenery.
Start a book club
Since we’re staying in, there’s a chance you’re running out of things to talk about with your friends. A book club is a great way to liven up the conversation and give you something to look forward to. Open Library has thousands of free books you can read online, from Shakespearean classics to modern best sellers. If audiobooks are more your speed, Audible has made a free selection of audiobooks available for all ages.
Keep in touch with the Central Casting community
We miss seeing our Background Actors in our offices and we know you miss working with each other on set. Be sure to follow our all-office Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts where you can interact with fellow Background Actors across our Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, and Louisiana offices.
We also want to hear from you! Take a video (1 minute or less) telling us about your favorite role booked by Central Casting. Post on Instagram with the hashtag #CCBG or DM us @central_casting. Then check back to hear stories from the entire Central Casting community. Remember, only share stories from projects that have aired and don’t reveal secrets of the set. We look forward to seeing you all again!
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