It’s completely understandable to be experiencing feelings of loneliness at the moment. We’re used to having the freedom to see our loved-ones when we want to, so to suddenly have that taken away can be hard to deal with and impact your mental wellbeing. But thanks to the wonders of modern technology, there are plenty of ways you can stay connected to your friends, family and local community during the lockdown, even if you can’t see them in person. Here are a few ideas.
Most phones and laptops will be able to make and receive video calls, so you can see the person you’re chatting to. There are lots of free apps you can use, including Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, Facetime, and Google Hangout. This article from the BBC has a step-by-step guide on how you can do it.
You could try and arrange a set time every day to have a virtual cuppa and catch-up with loved-ones. It’s something to look forward to, and ensures there’s always that social connection in your daily routine.
Games and quizzes
Although you may not be in a position to play Monopoly around the dining room table, you could have just as much fun playing a game online or through your phone. There are lots of ideas to try here.
Or if you’re missing the weekly pub quiz down your local, how about signing up to one of the many virtual quizzes that are doing the rounds. Pour yourself a pint, tuck into a bag of peanuts and you won’t even know the difference! The MS Trust virtual quiz takes place every Friday; more details can be found here.
Social media should be used with caution at times like this, but it is also a great way to stay connected and up to date with the latest news and guidance. Plus you’re never far away from a great GIF or meme to keep you smiling. On the MS Trust social media channels, we are sharing clear, practical, evidence-based advice and information on the coronavirus and what it means for people with MS, plus lots of positive stories to lift your spirits. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@mstrust) and Instagram (@ms_trust). We also have a Facebook group where you can share experiences, ask questions and chat to other people who know what you’re going through. Join the group here.
Get your culture and exercise fix
From online art classes to virtual museum tours and living room music festivals, there are lots of brilliant ways for you to get your culture fix and keep yourself entertained during the lockdown. This article lists some of the galleries and museums across the world that you can take a virtual tour of.
Many fitness instructors are streaming their classes live through Zoom, so you can join in from your living room, plus see some friendly faces to keep you motivated. Check in with your local gym or leisure centre to see if this is something they are doing.
If technology isn’t for you, pick up a pen and write somebody a letter or postcard. It will be sure to put a smile on their face and a beautiful penpal friendship could blossom out of it!
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