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Life under lockdown has given rise to Houseparty hangouts, Zoom family catch-ups and virtual celebrations.
But if you’re now bored of the same old video chats, why not try one of these 5 ways to put a spark back into your digital social life.
A group diary can act as a daily check-in, documenting the lives of friends or family. Start a Google Docs sheet and share it with the relevant people, then when life returns to ‘normal’ you’ll have a written reminder of what life was like during this rather strange time.
Get your friend group to send email newsletters to each other every week. It could be as simple as a bullet point list of the things you've read, watched, played, photographed, commented on, eaten, cried over, laughed at in the previous week.
Set up a Twitter account and hashtag just for discussing books, then arrange for everyone to read the same title within a set period of time. Take it in turns to recommend a book so everyone has to read genres outside their comfort zone. You can start a book group on other social channels too.
Find an online version of your favourite board game that you can play with friends. Pictionary, Chess and Checkers are just some of the games you can play for free online using a laptop.
Google Arts & Culture is currently a lifeline for art lovers. You can take a virtual tour of a museum or gallery together while sharing your screen.
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A well spent day brings happy sleep. -- Leonardo da Vinci
If you’re concerned about your mental wellbeing, there are things you can do to help you relax and stay calm during this stressful time.
You could try baking, reading, running a bath or playing with your pet. These are just a few examples of things worth trying, but whatever helps will be unique to you.
Here are 8 tips for relaxation from the UK's mental health charity Mind.