We are all looking for something fun to do without leaving the house. As someone with autoimmune diseases, I go months without socializing during the winter and seek alternative ways to connect with friends and loved ones. While it is not thrilling to stay at home during the springtime, now creeping into the summer, let’s continue honing our social distancing skills. (I bet we can add that to our resume!)
While life is far outside the norm, I am happy to report some really fun things my local autoimmune sisters and I have found to keep us entertained. Below I have listed some activities I enjoy and will elaborate on my favorite 3. Join in on the fun!
Fun quarantine activities:
- share treats with friends (to whomever had the energy to make goodies that week)
- find new blogs to follow (almost like having a social life again)
- play jackbox.tv or scribbl.io (fun alternative to game nights)
- connect in a group chat (laughing over at home haircut fails)
- decide whose house we would clean first (this was mostly a joke, unless we were talking about my house).
- watch a movie at the same time (chat during the film and play “I SPY”)
There is nothing better than receiving a text, rushing to the front door, and finding a beautiful baked treat on the other side. On the flipside, it’s also fun to be the person ditching the food on the doorstep. I admittedly waited outside a friend’s door just so I could watch her partake of a delicious cookie! (On the other side of her screen door, of course.) Sharing the delight of food has filled me up with satisfaction almost as equally as eating it all up myself.
New blogging friends:
Finding new blogs that meet my dietary and lifestyle needs. A lot more people have begun blogging, or increasing blog output on an existing blog, and it is fun to find new friends and connecting with them. So far my favorite blog is Gluten Free On a Shoestring. She makes these chocolate chip cookies (pictured above) that are KILLING me softly with every loving bite. Click the link to find yourself in a gluten free wonderland.
I’m not trying to turn you into a professional Halo gamer or glued to your device all day. These games are similar to board games or pictionary–just over the internet! The way to make Jackbox.tv work is by video chatting (via Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or anything that enables SCREEN SHARING mode on your computer or tablet.) Whoever purchases/ downloads the Jackbox game will share their screen with everyone and each of your phones are used as remotes–how you interact with the game, like picking a favorite phrase or coloring in artwork.
As for Scribbl.io, you can simply log in, create a private room, send your friends the code via email, and chat while you play! It’s also more simple to play and absolutely free. There is also the option to play with complete strangers. If anyone seems inappropriate you can vote to “kick” them out of the game or leave yourself, no strings attached! So far people seem decent and appropriate, but be your own judge.
Life is not dictated by our circumstances, but how we act in spite of them. I am not advising to ignore pain or stresses in life, simply to find things we can do instead of dwelling on what we cannot.
I hope you all enjoy a new treat or activity to share with loved ones, near and far. Which one are you going to do first?