These creative ideas will help you connect with those in need
As we near the end of winter in the Okanagan, the season has felt longer for many due to lockdowns and restrictions. Despite the glimmerings of hope that new vaccines can open our lives again, there are many who are suffering at home in loneliness and isolation. This next (hopefully last) leg of the Covid journey may prove to be the toughest yet. More than ever, we need to be aware of those in our circles who need support. Here are a few ideas for ways to cultivate a sense of togetherness, even when we can’t be fully present as we would like:
Having a regular commitment to connect with those most isolated can make a big difference. Not everyone will reach out for help. Some may feel like they are being a nuisance, while others struggle to give voice to their needs. Having a weekly or bimonthly appointment to look forward to can add an anchor of positivity.
There are many ways to have fun together online. Hosting a games night can be a stimulating way to break up the monotony. Sites like Cardzmania, Board Game Arena and Colonist have free options with no download required. Using Zoom or another online chat along with your game adds an interactive element. Another fun idea for those with Netflix, Disney+ or Hulu is the Chrome extension Teleparty, which allows you to watch with a group of people, all playing and pausing at the same time with a chat available on the side.
While it may not be as good as in person, you can get creative at home with a variety of shared activities. Host a wine club centered around the same wine, take book club online, or even cook and share a meal simultaneously.