How To Stay Active and Social During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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To halt the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), communities and even whole countries are going into quarantine.

My own homeland, the Bay Area of California, is one such community. We are going to be kept at home for weeks, maybe longer. We have some allowed reasons to leave home, but that may change too. Boredom and loneliness threaten all of us.

I seek to resist those threats, and empower communities like mine. We can keep ourselves active, maintain our social lives, and even virtually explore beyond our homes. All we need are the tools, resources, and opportunities to do so. Keep reading to learn what they are.

Ways to stay active at home

Spending so much time at home puts us all at risk of boredom. We all need a lot of inspiration for how to keep active when we are stuck at home for weeks.

Fun at home

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There are many little ways to have fun at home. LifehackLiveBold&BloomRefinery29WPRI.comUSA Today and WikiHow have all produced articles you can look to for fun-at-home inspiration. Here are a few favorites from these articles:

  • ๐Ÿ“– Read a book, listen to an audio-book or podcast ๐ŸŽง
  • ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Exercise, yoga, or dancing ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • ๐ŸŽน Learn a musical instrument ๐Ÿฅ
  • ๐Ÿฅ˜ Cook a new dish ๐Ÿน
  • ๐ŸŽจ Start an art project or scrapbook โœ‚๏ธ
  • ๐Ÿงฉ Puzzles and board games ๐ŸŽฒ
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Play a video game ๐Ÿ‘พ
  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ Learn a new language with Duolingo and FluentU ๐ŸŒ
  • ๐Ÿ‘“ If you have virtual reality equipment, there are amazing possibilities โœจ
  • ๐Ÿ’ป Stream shows on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, Crunchyroll, and more (Netflix added a feature called Netflix Party, watch shows with your friends) ๐Ÿ“บ
  • ๐ŸŒฒ Visit a park: you will need to know the rules of your region to determine if you can go outside (As of 3/17/20, The Bay Area allows trail and park walks with social distancing) ๐ŸŒณ

Virtual Tours

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Many institutions are offering virtual tours that you can access from your own computer. A great way to “get out” and “see the world” while you are kept at home.

๐Ÿ› There are many incredible museums and galleries that you can tour virtually: ๐Ÿ›•

Insider has their own list with a greater variety of virtual tours. Here are a few of the tours they mention:

  • ๐Ÿ  Monterey Bay Aquarium is live streaming its sea creatures ๐Ÿง
  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ The Metropolitan Opera is live streaming operatic performances ๐ŸŽผ
  • ๐Ÿฆ Check out animals of the San Diego Zoo, through their videos ๐Ÿ…
  • ๐Ÿฐ Disney Parks may be closed but you can still take a virtual tour and ride the roller coasters ๐ŸŽข

๐ŸŒณ Thrillist has compiled a list of 31 National Parks that are hosting virtual tours on Google Earth ๐ŸŒŽ

Streamed concerts

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Concerts may be closing but our favorite artists are still ready to put on a show for us. Many musicians are hosting virtual concerts.

๐ŸŽธ Billboard and npr are both keeping updated lists on virtual performances! ๐ŸŽค

Got kids?

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๐Ÿ‘ถ The Mercury News, The Atlantic, and The Motley Fool have written articles with tips to keep them happy ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Business

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Being stuck at home creates interesting business possibilities. Here are three ways to develop your career, stay professionally active and maybe make some more money while confined to home:

๐Ÿ’ต 1. Do you have a project in mind that you always wanted to start? Having all this free time may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. A few project ideas: ๐ŸŒŸ

  • Freelance with your talents, Fiverr and Upwork are two popular platforms
  • Start a YouTube channel or podcast
  • Write an E-Book
  • Build a website or a blog

๐Ÿ“š 2. Take an online class, to build your skills ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ 3. Now is a great time to develop your professional network ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป 4. Are you wondering how you can transition your business to work from home? Remote workers and advocates are the best teachers for how to make the leap. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

  • Remote Workers of LI is a LinkedIn group and favorite posting location for some of the most established experts on telecommuting.

Maintaining an active social life

Social distancing and Coronavirus quarantines put us at risk to feel socially isolated. Loneliness can severely impact our mental health. It is very important that we maintain our social connections while kept at home. Here are ideas and tools to help you maintain an active social life:

Chat with family & friends online

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๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ There are so many ways to keep in touch with family and friends: ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Meet new people virtually

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๐Ÿค Who says you can’t meet new people from home? Here are a few ideas to keep your social life active and growing: ๐Ÿฅ‚

  • Get more connected with your neighborhood by downloading Nextdoor. This is a social media channel for neighborhoods. Great for keeping up with local news, meeting neighbors and setting up group activities. Hard times are the best time to draw a community closer.
  • Join a social media group, Facebook groups for example. Connect with people over shared interests and engage in virtual activities. Check out this awesome ad for groups:

Virtual house parties

๐Ÿฅณ A friend is hosting a virtual party. It’s such a good idea, I had to share it๐ŸŽ‰

We will be using the House Party app. Other apps like Google Hangouts will also work well.

A big thanks to these people, who shared ideas and resources that will help all of us through these hard times.

Alexandra C, Jen A, Josephine T, Mandy F, Linda M, Lois W, Nelvin M, Pamela D, Pablo R, Rowena H, Sandy S, Samantha L, Shannon M, Steph S, & Toni M

Do you know more ways to keep a healthy and active life while confined to home? Please share in the comments!

2 thoughts on “How To Stay Active and Social During the Coronavirus Pandemic

  1. Thank you so much for all the research you did and shared.
    Great ideas and suggestions… I look forward to accessing the “virtual tours”, online classes and special projects. I have always thought about doing “Ancestry.com” looks like now may be the time!

  2. Wes, your upbeat and informative blog is really rich with fresh ideas to ponder and interesting paths to explore. Thank you for sharing!

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