People around the world are social distancing from each other due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is an important step in “flattening the curve”. The impact of social distancing in daily life has been a large one, but spending so much time at home can have some plus sides in these anxious times, especially if you’re social distancing with your family. While times are tough for many, there are lots of small silver linings to look forward to. Bonding in the time of social distancing has given us room to be creative and expand our possibilities within the limitations.
Social distancing is getting us to slow down, bond with family, cook more and socialise virtually. With a lot more time on their hands, people are discovering new skills and reconnecting with loved ones from around the globe. So, what does bonding in the time of social distancing actually look like?
Let’s Take A Look At Varied Ways People Are Bonding In The Times Of Social Distancing
1It can be a positive time for us all
2People are sharing their weddings with loved ones over video
In some happy news, a couple from my hometown had to cancel their 300+ person wedding due to COVID-19, but we’re still able to share their 1st dance in the living room with us all. Truly what it’s all about ?✨I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING pic.twitter.com/pmIgfFIXZb
— lias (@lias__) March 21, 2020
3Another of these social distancing benefits is spending time with kids
What I’m doing can’t be called homeschooling. I’m fumbling with websites and school emails while my six year old runs half dressed through the house eating his fourth piece of “be quiet” toast.
— Bunmi Laditan (@HonestToddler) April 7, 2020
4Or recreating Disney park experiences
Today was supposed to be our first day in the parks with our entire family so we surprised our girls with a Disney vacation at home! We were most bummed about not being able to meet our family down there so my niece joined us for our princess parade via FaceTime! ❤️ #disney #waltdisneyworld #staycation Walt Disney World
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5Social distancing with your family can mean lots of time for playing some fun games
6And just enjoying a family dinner
7Even when they can’t video chat, people are finding innovative ways to stay connected with family
— Summer Said (@summer_said) March 21, 2020
8We’re finding out when it’s most important to go out
Due to coronavirus, Cori wasn’t able to celebrate outside for her birthday… so family brought the party to her. ???? pic.twitter.com/OHMyFIYpe6
— Sαмı AYE! (@SamiAlexandraaa) March 20, 2020
9And when we can do good while still staying inside
Today in the UK, 8-year old Sophie was bummed because her birthday party was called-off due to the Coronavirus crisis.
When she stepped outside this morning, her entire street did this.
Sophie broke down in tears.
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) March 25, 2020
10People are staying connected with co-workers and friends
my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting pic.twitter.com/uHLgJUOsXk
— Rachele with an e but pronounced Rachel (@PettyClegg) March 30, 2020
11Studying online and working really hard
my zoom class this morning really spent the time to coordinate this LMAO pic.twitter.com/AyyE9vBGfT
— s (@zestyybih) March 27, 2020
12It’s the perfect opportunity for lots of at-home cooking
Well, old girl, you’re about to have the busiest month of your life pic.twitter.com/ljACqbD2ub
— Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow) March 13, 2020
13Lots and lots of cooking
…REALLY not sure how this is going to end ? ??? pic.twitter.com/kdSQGyEwHq
— ? Animal (*Farm) ? (@grottyscotty) March 6, 2020
14And even try your own versions of restaurant favourites
We’ll do you one better, here’s the recipe for a Sausage and Egg McMuffin AND a Hash Brown ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/2EYJt9l29e
— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) April 15, 2020
So, How DID Social Distancing Get Us To Slow Down, Bond With Family, Cook More & Socialise Virtually?
While these are challenging times, and being forced to spend a lot of time at home can seem more like a punishment than a positive thing, there are many social distancing benefits. It’s given a lot of normally busy people time to slow down and enjoy small things like cooking and playing board games. Despite the uncertainty and anxiety, lots of people are finding that bonding in the time of social distancing is a great upside to it all.