Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are quarantined at home to help stop the spread of the virus. And we’re also practicing social distancing at home to avoid the spread within our homes.
Lucky for us, there are still ways to have fun with our roommates while practicing social distancing. We’re all stuck at home, so why not make the most of it and enjoy our time together?
What Is Social Distancing?
Most experts recommend that we should stay at least six feet away from others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But there are still plenty of fun things to do with your roommates while staying six feet away from each other - you just have to get creative.
Social Distancing Activities
It’s the perfect time to binge your favorite shows on Netflix or have a pizza and movie night. Take time to talk in between episodes or movies and catch up on each other’s lives. We’re often so busy that we forget to ask those closest to us how they’re doing.
Take time to talk in between episodes or movies and catch up on each other’s lives.
Movie and pizza nights are a personal favorite of mine because it was one of my favorite things to do when I shared an apartment with my sister in college. It was the perfect way for us to bond and have fun. I’d also recommend watching a comedy or any type of feel-good movie during a time like this. There are tons of romantic comedies on Netflix right now, so take advantage of it.
Other activities you can do together while keeping your distance are: take a Zumba or yoga class together on YouTube, play charades, go on Spotify and discover new music, have a spa night, or take advantage of this time to catch up on each other’s lives. Our lives are so busy, so why not take advantage of this time off to have some fun?
Working From Home
Some of us are working from home, and some of us are off work altogether. It’s important to set boundaries during the day to give each other space so you can all work (or chill) in peace. If possible, try to stay in your separate rooms while working. If you live in a studio apartment, make sure you have a healthy distance between everyone so you can all focus on working (or watching Netflix).
It’s important to set boundaries during the day to give each other space so you can all work (or chill) in peace.
Come together and have fun at night, but when it comes to working during the day, it’s more important than ever to respect boundaries.
Spend Some Time Apart
It’s normal to get a little stir crazy or want some time to yourself when you’re stuck in the house or apartment with your roommates. It’s important to spend some time apart, so you don’t kill each other. Spend a night in your room to binge your favorite show, call a family member to see how they’re doing, or give that face mask you’ve had in your drawer for the past few months a try.
With social media and smartphones, you can still keep in contact with friends or family members you don’t live with.
With social media and smartphones, you can still keep in contact with friends or family members you don’t live with. Take advantage of this time to catch up with them when you’re apart from your roommates. Most importantly, be sure to check in with your elderly or immune-compromised family members to make sure they have someone to reach out to during this difficult time.
The COVID-19 crisis is something to take seriously, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it. Nobody is going to get through this alone, so embrace the time you have with your roommates and take advantage of your time off to check in on family members and friends. It’s important to stay social to stay healthy, and we’re lucky we can still do that while social distancing.