Stay Connected With Friends and Family

An aerial shot of a man participating in a virtual hangout on his computer.

You may not be seeing loved ones in person right now, but your social life doesn’t have to stop. Fortunately, today’s technology offers plenty of ways to stay connected with friends and family while staying home. Here are five easy ways to socialize right from our apartments in Jessup, MD.

Get Your Game On

The website and app House Party has recently skyrocketed in popularity. It’s a social networking tool to bring friends together through video chat for fun games like Trivia, Quick Draw (a Pictionary-style game), Chips N’ Guac (like Apples to Apples), and Heads Up (a game where friends give clues to help you guess the person, place, thing or word).

Plan a Watch Party

Netflix recently launched a new Google Chrome extension, Netflix Party, that lets you binge-watch with friends. The tool adds a chat feature to the side of your computer screen where you and friends can exchange thoughts and reactions for every twist in the show or movie. All you need is a computer, Chrome and the ability to agree on what to watch.

Work Out Together

With the miracle of YouTube, fit squads can keep up health goals right from their own living rooms. There are thousands of videos to choose from offering instructor-led yogacardio and strength training, and even meditation. Put your phone on speaker or start a group video chat and press play. You’ll sweat and have a little extra motivation knowing you’re in this together.

Host a Virtual Happy Hour 

With a good video chat program and BYOB, happy hour can still be just as happy from home. Gather friends or coworkers for a post-work pick-me-up and grab a glass. Throw in another twist with themed nights like Margarita Mondays or Whiskey Wednesdays and see what creative concoctions you can make.

Get Creative Together

Gather a group of creatives and order paint supplies and canvases. Set up a video chat, pour some wine, and get painting. Come up with a theme or just let the paintbrushes fly. Try out The Isolation Journals, a 30-day creativity project started by a group of artists including singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. Sign up with an email, and they’ll send a daily creative writing prompt to help you stretch those creative muscles.

It’s important to stay connected with friends, even virtually, to maintain a healthy mindset and overall well-being. Plan a virtual dinner party, catch up on shows, or play some games together. You may even have some time to dream about a new place to call home. Contact us to learn about our community and what it’s like to be a resident of our apartments in Jessup, MD.

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