"I've been walking (with a mask on) from about 7 to 9pm in my neighborhood each evening. It allows me to get my 10,00 steps in a day in a much more relaxed way. I use the time to explore new streets, take in views of the water, and discover small businesses I can support with a pickup. I try to group as many calls as possible (that don't require being near a computer!) during that time so that I'm not on Zooms all day. I also randomly call my friends — you'll be surprised who picks up. Enjoy the unexpected catch-up."
There's something to be said for continuing to celebrate joy where we can find it these days. These 13 ideas for celebrating special days are very helpful for figuring out what translates and what doesn't, virtually. For instance: "Trust me on this one. Singing 'Happy Birthday to You' over Zoom is kind of a nightmare, both for the guest of honor and the guests." So yes, you're gonna want to pre-record the song part. 😂
"If you’re looking to stay connected and have meaningful conversations, I would definitely recommend Civic Dinners. It’s an incredible way to share and connect with other like-minded individuals. They have a new dinner topic called “Grief and Gratitude” to help share what we’re going through during this difficult time. I did one on Sunday night and it truly energized me for the week ahead." -Patricia C
Mom's go-to deli down the street, favorite cocktail bar, or that restaurant you go to every year might still be open for pickup or delivery right now — it’s worth a check! Or, if you have local family, you can arrange for a drive-through celebration where loved ones roll by at a certain time honking and holding signs with happy wishes for mom.
It’s no secret that moms often show love through food — and now’s the time to return the favor. If you live close to your mom (or a maternal figure in your life), cook a comfort meal or family recipe and offer “curbside dropoff” to their door. If you’re a little further away from the moms in your life, take some time to make a shared Google doc of favorite or nostalgic recipes for next time they're seeking inspiration.
If there are people in your life that could benefit from feeling seen and appreciated on May 10th, consider writing them a thoughtful note, reminding them you’re here for them, or simply drawing something that words can’t quite capture. There are lots of feelings people can experience on or close to Mother's day. Acknowledge and validate those. Everybody has a story. ❤️
It’s now more important than ever to take care of ourselves, and finding a convenient way to do that these days can be challenging. Enter Rory. Rory is a digital health clinic for women that offers accessible and personalized healthcare all from the comfort of your home. They offer a prescription, customized skincare treatment, Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution), and more. #RoryPartner
Know a mom who's staying in with young kiddos, home educating, tired™️, and could use a break? Offer to entertain their little ones via Zoom by reading them a story or leading an activity, giving Mom a few moments to read, Instagram scroll, make themselves some grown-up food, or even…(gasp) take a nap!!
While Zoom burnout might be real, there’s no reason your Mother’s Day call needs to feel like ~Yet Another Work Meeting.~ Send invites, encourage people to dress for their space and prep some snacks, and plan some games to play after catching up! Don't forget to take a screenshot so this Mother's Day can make it into the family photo album with all the others.
"Spending so much time with my partner, I've found that there’s no use in asking, “how was your day?” because odds are, you already know the answer. You were there. This guide to activities and date ideas, like taking an online cooking class or dressing up just to go to your living room, is to help you suffuse your love life with a little more umph while we all wait out the quarantine."
"We started Deep Talks - an event series that allows people to connect through guided, thought-provoking conversations via video chat - in Berlin in 2018, but we decided to move our events online. We were pretty bummed at first, but now our community is growing with guests from all over the world. In many ways, it's even more exciting than before." - Alison R. D.
"I've been writing and sending letters to friends to stay connected and get through all of this together."
"This has been my greatest source of joy on work calls (if you dare) and personal calls with my friends. Don't mind me — just demonstrating my new favorite thing over here." - Olivia, GNI Team
"Last weekend I discovered the game Psych! It's an app from the Ellen DeGeneres team and it's been a really fun way to connect with everyone I know. We're starting a game with my extended family tonight and we've also roped our friends in — there is literally nobody who is safe from an invite from me." -Katrina, GNI team
Posh N Coffee is a series of educational events hosted by Poshmark Ambassadors that are geared toward helping you build — or start — your business. Sip some coffee with new friends and get expert tips.
"Create a pinterest board [full of helpful tips or inspiration] for a friend! Maybe someone who is moving, having a baby, trying out a new diet/cooking trend." - Savannah
"My family learned how to play Jackbox games on Zoom from different states. While it isn't as perfect as goofing around with them in person, it feels good to stay connected through something positive." - Allison M.
"This New York Times article details the history of loneliness and it's been one of my favorite reads this week." -Bruck N
"If you're missing a friend or family member, think of sending them a care package! Small Packages is a small woman-owned business that curates care packages for many different occasions, and ships them out. They have packages for self-care, promotion, a tough time, etc. at different price points, starting at $35. I recently sent a self-care package to a good friend who is a nurse!" -Katie
Connect with others about the things that challenge you, bring you joy, make you scream out loud, make you laugh, and make you just need to feel heard. The Juggle community is a safe space to bring your full self, your victories and your frustrations.
Trying to stay connected and mindful right now? This free, live, daily conversation series spotlights experts whose ideas can help help you work through this tough time with self-compassion and wisdom.
This is a Sunday night newsletter that details the routines of diverse, interesting women. It's always a great read and it's so comforting to see how other women are coping with everything going on.
"Send out a text to "host" happy hour. Set the time, suggest a drink (maybe's it's just whatever you have on hand) and set up a video chatroom for friends to join. Ask anyone if they'd like to 'host' the next one!" -Ana May D.
"Sign up to be a care buddy and chat with elders or be connected with someone to talk through during this time in multiple formats: texts, calls, video chats, etc." - Taylor K
"Send a “quarantine card” to a friend! Get out your cute stationery and send a friend some joy & entertainment. Don’t forget to tape the envelope shut — no licking!" -Sarah H
"The Letter Project allows women around the world to write letters to young girls who are going through a hard time. I'm a firm believer that most of us want to be part of something bigger and find ways to give back, but don't always know how to do it. This is an easy way to foster a sense of community for women and build one another up through collaboration and shared confidence." -Elizabeth L.
Lesbians Who Tech & Allies has a “(Not IRL) Squad Series,” newsletter that brings its community and the content it loves together in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. You can subscribe to their newsletter for intimate conversations with speakers, and workshops and sessions focused on technology trends, career growth, and personal wellness.
Quarantine Chat is a tool for folks who may be isolated and looking to talk. It's free and available worldwide, so you can talk on the phone with someone else who might also be stuck at home.
You can make the cake, your friends can make some signs, and everyone can tune into a Zoom meeting to celebrate a friend's birthday even while everyone's apart. All you have to do is put in a little coordination to make your friend's day special.
Stuck at home with your parents or other relatives? Everyone has a story to tell, and now's the perfect time to dedicate some energy to documenting your family history! You can record IRL if you're quarantined in the same household, or you could make use of Zoom's record feature and/or voice notes on your phone to get it all down.
You don't have to worry about syncing up schedules anymore. Unlike other video chat apps, you don't have to be live on Marco Polo to share you day with your friends. You can post videos asynchronously!
Host a virtual happy hour with friends this week. Bonus points if you share a cocktail or mocktail recipe in the calendar invite.
Dig through your unused apps, it's time to bring back Words with Friends in a major way. Write up a bracket and get the competition started.
Share your expertise, passion, or learnings with friends and family! Organize a virtual TED Talk Circle by allotting 5-10 minutes to each participant for a presentation on the topic of their choosing. If your group is more discussion-based rather than presentation-oriented, select one talk to watch together and discuss as a group.
Jackbox Games offers all kinds group games to play across multiple platforms. Use your phone, computer, or gaming console to host a virtual game night as you video call each other.
Turn happy hour into game night with Horsepaste and play virtual Codenames while you video chat with your friends.
Zoom calls are great, but sometimes, coordinating a time for everyone to meet up can be tricky. To stay better connected with family, try recording the little things throughout your day — like a puzzle you've finished or a meal you made — and send it to the family group chat intermittently to keep loved ones connected and in the loop. Think of this as your "welcome to my vlog" moment.
Staying in? Try your hand at some of these games on your own or with friends. 🎮
It'll give you something to look forward to, and ensure you see your friends and/or family on a regular basis.