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4 ways to hang out with people while social distancing

Ways to hang out with people while social distancing | Photo by Daniel Delgado | Edited by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Ways to hang out with people while social distancing | Photo by Daniel Delgado | Edited by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian


After several weeks, many have quickly found that social distancing is not an easy task.

Whether you’re cooped up with the same people and need new interactions or haven’t physically talked to someone in weeks, there is no better time than now to make new friends and acquaintances.

Here are a few ways to have social interactions while maintaining social distance.

Be outside

While social distancing, it’s easy to forget that you can still go outside; everyone is doing it. Neighborhoods and sidewalks are more frequented now that people can’t go to the gym to get their exercise in. Enjoy the spring weather and sit out on your front porch/yard or take a walk around the neighborhood and give a friendly hello to any neighbor you see.

Befriend a neighbor

Starting a conversation isn’t difficult, just say hello. If you’re outside and you see that your next-door neighbor is also outside, strike up a conversation. With today’s technology, the ability to play a game is at your fingertips. Find a game or app on your phone that you both will enjoy and virtually play while physically being together at an appropriate distance.

Have a cookout

Cookouts are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and provide a certain peace of mind. If you’re able, pick a warm day to get the family together and make memories. Instead of eating at a table or going back inside, grab a couple blankets, lay them out and have an at-home picnic.

Turn indoor activities into outdoor activities

Whether it be chores or to relax, getting some natural vitamin D is important during a time where being inside is advised.

Folding laundry, doing homework, studying, painting, coloring or any activity that can be done outside is a great help in uplifting a person’s mood.