How to stay in touch with your family and friends during lockdown

Let’s put it this way: the world going into lockdown was completely unexpected and you’re right to feel confused about how to live normal life.

I’ve put together three pieces of advice for staying in touch with your friends and family. Hopefully they make staying at home a little easier!

It’s Quiz time!

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Brush up on your general knowledge, because a quiz is one of the best ways to keep in touch with your loved ones. It’s as simple as thinking up some questions then challenging your friends and family!

Better yet, make your quiz a weekly thing. It not only ensures you’re keeping in touch with your loved ones, but that they have something to look forward to.

I keep it simple and have my friends use a pen and paper to jot down their answers. Then we go through them together, and write down who the highest scorer is every week.

Video calling has never been easier

Do you feel slightly withdrawn from the outside world? I can guarantee the rest of us are feeling the same way. Incorporating video calls into your day can help you feel as connected as possible whilst staying at home.

The best thing you can do during lockdown is maintain a routine. Arranging regular catch-ups will give you structure throughout your day.

You don’t always need a reason for calling. Sometimes it’s worth just having a call on whilst you’re going about your daily activities, for a bit of companionship, even if you have nothing to say!

Online gym partners?

One of the most regular parts of a routine is incorporating daily exercise. I find that watching an online workout is an effective replacement for the gym. They often set daily tasks and time limits for exercises.

You can buddy up with your family and friends by video calling and sharing your screen, ensuring both you and your loved ones are keeping fit, healthy and staying at home.

There are also many other ways you can switch up video calling, with activities such as baking or even practising instruments together online.

Overall, it’s all about ensuring you keep to a structure whilst staying at home. Checking in with your family and friends reminds you that at the end of the day, we are all in this together.

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My name is Zainab and I'm currently a third year Law student here at York. I stayed in Langwith college for my first year at university and was a STYM in my second year.

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