How to Socialize This Holiday
As the curtain comes down on 2020, to a lesser or greater extent pandemic fatigue debilitates us and the temptation to recharge, have fun and socialize is overwhelming.
The big question is, how do we socialize and have fun this holiday season while COVID-19 remains a threat? Here are a few suggestions.
The joy of gathering in groups – even with social distancing, masks and frequent washing of hands – is problematic. From what credible scientists say about how the virus spreads, it’s clear that being outside is better than inside. Schedule more frequent, face-to-face outings with a few friends in well-ventilated/outdoor restaurants, home patios and/or gardens.
Worldwide, COVID-19 cases seem to be on the rise. This holiday is not the time to grow your circle of friends and acquaintances. If you feel strongly about reaching out to people you haven’t seen in a while, go virtual using visual platforms like ZOOM, WhatsApp or Skype.
Cast your mind back to those early 2020 video conferencing calls which were a free-for-all communication mess of dropped calls and people talking over each other. Now, as we’ve become more adept, our virtual communications have improved. This holiday, capitalize on this improvement and communicate with friends not by just by talking, but by showing them your home improvements, projects such as drawings and/or paintings, a new car, your new pet, whatever. And invite them to show you theirs.
Another great way to keep yourself and your close relationships in good shape this holiday, is to schedule regular walks or runs with one friend at a time. Apart from the obvious fitness benefits, you can enjoy different routes, explore new places, discover new things.
Perhaps one of those friends is your own young child. Remember, your kids were locked down at home for much of 2020 and more than likely spent an inordinate amount of time online. Chances they may balk at more screen time, particularly with relatives or others they don’t know well.
So, walk or run in nature with him or her, or simply enjoy sharing the sights and smells of your own neighborhood. And always make sure that you are both wearing masks and practicing social distancing.