5 ideas to cheer someone up while socially distancing or self isolating

As more and more people are practicing social distancing or self-isolating, sometimes a little gesture to cheer someone up can make a big difference, especially if they are celebrating special occasions alone or with only their immediate family around, or are finding it tough in general.

As this is becoming more of a longer term reality here are 5 ways to cheer someone up.

Schedule a catch up session or send them a message 

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Simply agree on a set time to catch up over telephone or video call on platforms such as Zoom or send them a message to ask how they are and let them know you miss them and are thinking of them!

A great idea which works well for me is a group chat where everyone checks up on each other regularly and shares memes and jokes just to lighten the mood!

Send them a gift

If they are going to be celebrating something or have just celebrated something or you want to send them a little token to simply let you know that you are thinking of them, why not send them a surprise gift?

I recently celebrated my 10 year Wedding Anniversary and whilst I am lucky in that I am self-isolating with my husband, a gift such as a ring being delivered from F Hinds would still be an exciting and nice way to make any occasion feel special.

Arrange for a care package

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Whether it’s a vegetable or fruit box, flowers, a book to read for Kindle or even a subscription to something, why not arrange for a surprise care package to be sent to a loved one, either physically or virtually.

 Send a letter
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Why not go old school and write a letter. Getting snail mail will definitely brighten up anyone’s day. Make sure to include little added extras in your letters, whether it’s a photo, or even pressed flowers! I recently received a letter with Bay Leaves which was so lovely!

Do virtual activities together 

Whether its quizzes, working out, cooking together or even speaking to each other on FaceTime whilst going for your daily walk together, try and do something fun virtually together. I love doing P.E. with Joe Wicks every morning!

These are great ways to stay connected with those who are important to us without violating the social distancing recommendations and will definitely put a smile on the faces of those who we care about in spirit.

For more ideas of fun things to do check out my blog here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2020/03/23/staying-in-is-the-new-going-out-30-fun-things-you-can-do-at-home/

What are your suggestions of ways to cheer someone up during this time? Let me know in the comments!


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Some great ideas, Binny! We’re on the Joe Wicks trail too every morning. It’s great how people have managed to adapt so innovatively, despite all the challenges. Thanks again!

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