Social distancing got you down?
These resources will keep you engaged and energized—even when you don’t feel like leaving the couch.
If you’re like most people at this moment in the social distancing paradigm, you’re getting a little tired of being cooped up indoors. A lot of the avenues for socialization, expression, and feeling human have been gone for some time, and it can be tough to find satisfying replacements. But there are still ways to be active, creative, and fulfilled that don’t require face-to-face interaction, and it’s important for your health—mental and otherwise—to make an effort to pursue them.
That’s why we compiled some resources that can make the new reality of social distancing a little more tolerable. Whether you’re looking for a new way to get active since your gym closed, or if your favorite group activities have been put on hold, the items listed below can fill the gaps:
- Culture Fly: This Baltimore-based online arts and culture calendar, part of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, lists virtual events that include film festivals, museum exhibitions, concerts and more.
- EventBrite: This online platform used to facilitate ticket purchases for in-person events, but they’ve recently shifted their focus to the realm of the online. Search your local area’s virtual offerings and easily RSVP with their app!
- Virginia is for Lovers Blog: This travel blog is brimming with all things Virginia! Along with ideas for visiting outdoor destinations, plenty is here for virtual shopping from wineries and distilleries to oysters, spiced honey and tea. Virtual arts and entertainment let you see plays from the Commonwealth’s greatest playhouses. And, of course, Virginia offers history; now it’s even offered virtually! Visit Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier and Colonial Williamsburg. This blog is a useful reference for a virtual voyage, or planning a day-trip.
- Maryland Office of Tourism: In an effort to bring Maryland to your home, the Maryland Office of Tourism has compiled an impressive list of virtual happenings, from virtual road trips along Maryland’s scenic byways, to behind-the-scenes looks at the state’s esteemed wineries.
Explore what your favorite artist, comedian, or actor has been up to online! Many celebrities are holding virtual events for their fans and followers.
- Khan Academy: What do you want to learn? Khan Academy has a class on it. Khan Academy, in fact, has multiple courses on the subject, with lectures, engaging coursework and a community to keep you engaged. And it’s free!
- edX: Ever been curious what an Ivy League education is like? You can get a firsthand look with edX, which offers over 2,500 online courses from 140 institutions, including Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.
- iTunes U: If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can access Apple’s expertly curated collection of educational courses, lectures, and more.
- Home Workout Routines: No equipment? No problem. There are a million different home workout circuits to be found on the internet, but you can’t beat the evidence-based programs highlighted by Healthline. Click the link to get started with knee pushups, chair squats, and beginner yoga positions!
Keeping in Touch
- FaceTime: If you own Apple devices, you’re probably familiar with this one. A powerful tool to stay connected, FaceTime is dead simple to use: just tap the video call button under your contact of choice and a minimalistic video calling experience is yours to enjoy. Download the app via the link above.
- Google Hangouts: A free plugin for Google’s Chrome browser, this video chat is useful for those who want to call from their desktops. Free to use and with no time limit, it also integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail. Click the link above to install the plugin.
- Marco Polo: An interesting hybrid between instant messaging and video calling, Marco Polo allows you to send pre-recorded video messages to friends and loved ones for them to watch whenever they get the chance. Unlimited video length can be purchased for a monthly fee.
Explore Our Community
View our video tour to explore our community from the comfort of your home, then schedule an on-campus visit to see The Village at Orchard Ridge for yourself! Explore all of our great services and amenities and see why so many local seniors have chosen to call our community home.