Whether you’re on lockdown or sheltering in place, steering clear of loved ones to flatten the coronavirus curve is not doing anyone’s social life any favors. Although we’re all familiar with the physical symptoms to keep an eye on during the health crisis, boredom and loneliness are side effects of the new, post-pandemic normal that can be distressing to our mental health.
To cope with social distancing, people are finding new ways to interact with their neighbors and making good use of video-conferencing apps like Zoom and Skype to connect with friends and family. A surprise to no one, virtual happy hour and digital drinking games were two of the first trends to take over the internet. But all the non-drinkers out there, or anyone looking to limit their alcohol consumption while quarantined, can rest assured: There are many ways to hang out with loved ones online, or make like-minded new friends, that are completely booze-free. Here are eight ways to stay social, and sober, during self-isolation.