The quarantine has been hard on all of us, especially if it means we’re separated from the ones we love. There are no more family dinners or lunches, drinks with friends, or date nights. Even though these things will return at some point and we’ll see our loved ones again, it’s hard to imagine that when we’re all hiding in isolation. There are still ways you can let your loved ones know you’re there for them and make the quarantine easier for the both of you.
1. Host a virtual gathering
The good thing about being in quarantine is that you live in the age of technology. That means that social distancing doesn’t have to equal physical distancing. In other words, just because you can’t see your family in person doesn’t mean you can’t hang out together in the virtual world. Hosting skype or zoom gatherings is an ideal solution to the current situation. Many people can join these calls, making family nights possible again. As well as that, you can host parties with your friends during the weekends and get drunk together via the internet.
Get ready for new inside jokes, warmth, and laughter just like you were with the ones you love in person. In fact, you can even have family movie nights over video call.
If you want to take things a step further, why not find a multiplayer game where all of your friends and family can create their own characters and interact? It might not be just like hanging out in person, but it’s a pretty good alternative.
2. Record a message every day
You should make a short video every day telling your family how much you love them and miss them. This video can have a theme to make things more personal. For example, if you always used to have lunch together, record yourself every day at lunchtime, tell them what you’re eating, wish them a nice meal, and send a message of support.
This will surely make their day and make them feel like they’re less alone. As well as that, they might be inspired to send videos back. You can even compile these videos into one big one and send it to your family at the end of a week or a month. This way, you always have something nice to remember from the quarantine days. On top of that, it gives you a small project you can do each day which will surely make your days go by faster. Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you could come up with something even more elaborate.
3. Let them know you’re thinking of them
The internet is a magical thing. This means that you can do virtually anything with it, including letting your friends and family know you’re thinking of it. Don’t stop at video calls or supportive texts. Instead, take things a little bit further. Regardless of where they are in the world, you can easily make your friends and family happy by sending them a present.
If they’re in the US, find a local store that delivers groceries and order them their favourite food. Flower delivery in Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne is a great sentiment for those physically distant relatives in Australia. Aromatherapy is popular in many countries in Europe, so why not find a store that can deliver aromatherapeutic packages to your dear friends or family. Whatever you decide on, it’s bound to improve your loved ones’ moods and make your bond even stronger. All of these items will work towards increasing their productivity and making them more relaxed.
4. Talk to them every day
Even if it’s just to see how they’re doing or what they had for lunch, talking to your loved ones every day could make both of you feel less alone. This doesn’t mean texting, but actual talking on the phone. Video calls work even better. Hearing their voice will make you feel much calmer and more in touch with them and their lives. Hearing your voice will have the same effect for them.
Set aside half an hour a day just to hear their voice. This is even more impactful if you make it the first thing in the morning or the last thing in the evening. This tradition is bound to get you through the quarantine much more easily and remind you that you’re always there for each other, regardless of what’s going on in the world.
As you can see, showing your loved ones you care doesn’t have to involve seeing them in person. These tips might not replace a warm hug or gentle kiss on the forehead, but they’ll help you feel less alone and maintain contact with those you care about the most. The more disciplined you are and the more you stay indoors, the sooner you’ll be able to see your loved ones again. We’re confident these tips will help keep you close even when you’re physically far away and that this will be a reunion you’ll remember for ages.