The only thing predictable about 2020 is how unpredictable it can be. It’s been a challenge for us all, and know you are not alone if you’re struggling. Remember, you can reach out to your loved ones whenever you need to. If you’ve become a bit bored of your usual online meetups, you can freshen things up.
Do you remember when sleepovers were the best thing ever? You and your friends curled up together, watching a movie, and eating all of the snacks. You can recreate that childhood magic virtually. Pick a romcom, grab some popcorn and put on cosy ladies nightwear. Most streaming sites offer a service which allows you to watch a film together so you don’t have to worry about hitting the play button at the same time. Pile on the blankets and enjoy a cosy night with your friends.
Hosting a dinner party is a feat of organisation, and a virtual one is no different. Once you’ve picked your guests and know which platform you’re going to use, then comes the hard part: cooking. Try to have fun with it rather than stress. You could pick the least culinary talented person in the group to pick the recipe so you’re all on equal footing. Or pick a complicated dish and see how you all fare with it. It’s your party, your rules.
Maybe you don’t fancy cooking, you’d rather just sit back with a glass of wine. Have you thought about having a virtual wine tasting session? There are a couple of different ways you can go about this. You and your friends choose a selection of wines and research a couple of tasting tactics. Or you could get an expert involved. They’ll send wine to your house and lead your tasting. It depends how much money you want to spend, and how much you want to learn.
If you’ve been meaning to read more during lockdown, but for whatever reason haven’t got down to it, you could start your own book club. It gives you a chance to discover some great books, and catch up with your friends. Try to support independent bookshops where you can.
Even though it might feel like this will go on forever, remember there will come a time where things feel more normal. In the meantime, do you have any favourite ways of virtually meeting up with your loved ones?