The pinup community is a strong one, why not continue the support during COVID-19
How to make physical distancing from home to suck less. Even as an introvert this having to stay indoors has been a nightmare. BUT technology is one of those things to be grateful for during this global pandemic.
So I want to share some of my tips with you! Some are self-care tips, online games, and some of the popular video or voice chats to use with family and friends.
Virtual Hangouts with Us!
An amazing way to feel connected is the use of video calling. To physically see someone’s normal reactions to a joke and have something that resembles eye contact. I definitely thought as an introvert I would be having an easier time with this. Turns out my social battery is fully charged and I’m ready to see the world again.
In saying that we have created a weekly virtual hangout on Zoom for any pinups that want to get together. Our conversation is light and we are here to support anyone if you need it!
So make sure you join us on Saturday mornings at 10 AM MST Bring a coffee or tea, some snacks, dress up or don’t, stay home, be safe, join the conversation.
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You may have heard of this game before from the ’90s as “You Don’t Know Jack.” They have created 6 different party packs with a bunch of different games for you to play online. There are so many great ones to choose from like Trivia Murder Party, Quiplash, and Dictionarium.
- Discord – is a chat platform already set up for gamers. We use this when we are playing online games like Borderlands, PUBG, Call of Duty, and the like. BUT, What is so great about this platform is that it lets you stream one of your windows. So whoever owns the game can stream it and there is hardly any lag.
- Zoom – I’m sure you’ve heard of this platform and it is my favourite way to do this now. Having the video call open to see your friends crack up is the best. Only one person in your group will need a subscription to host a call for longer than 40 minutes. My advice is to chip in a couple of dollars. It’s only $20. (Side note: I’ve heard that some Mac’s can’t handle it and do voice at the same time, but that might be a mac problem. I’ll test this out later lol)
Things you need to know about making this set up work.
It requires 2 devices.
One to stream the game on (Use a computer, laptop, or tablet) With Zoom or Discord to see the game. One device (Phone or Tablet) to use as your controller for the game by going to jackbox.tv.
Other things to keep you sane
- Going for walks. Movement can help ground you when you’re feeling a little bit stir crazy. Connection with the earth can release the tension.
- Don’t make a To-Do list! Make an accomplished list, even if it was you got out of bed and put on pants. CHECK! You’re doing great!
- Turn off social media for a bit. I know we all love to scroll for days on end when it comes to Facebook and Instagram. I found that being mindful on who I followed and what news was being presented to me changed my moods. Puppy and kitty videos? YES PLEASE! Fake news on the COVID-19 virus? NO THANK YOU.
- Experiment with cooking or baking. This is a HUGE trend right now because we can’t go out to restaurants! The biggest issue we have in our house is the dietary restrictions so I’ve had to play with all kinds of different ingredients to make my chicken fettuccine gluten-free and dairy-free… Not easy, but we did it! (might post the recipe in one of our newsletters)
- Do some writing. Now, this has been the biggest lifesaver of all during this time. I want you to know that it’s okay to not be okay right this moment, or the next moment. No one knows how to feel right now and it’s alright! Let yourself be sad, feel grief, anger, whatever it may be, but don’t hold onto it forever. Write down those feelings and be honest with how you are feeling, it doesn’t have to be pretty, and you don’t have to show anyone! When you’re done with all those real emotions, write a list of 5 things you are grateful for. A list of 5 things why you love yourself, and then 5 things that you want in your life.
I hope that some of these things make your self-isolation just a little bit better! As we move forward I’ll be updating this post to include new technology, new activities, and whatever else I can find 🙂