Note: This article will be updated as new virtual events and opportunities become available.

With everything we’re “used to” doing now on hold due to COVID-19, it’s easy to give into that sinking, “ugh, my life is OVER” feeling. But don’t despair! Businesses and organizations are stepping up with all kinds of clever and creative solutions to keep you entertained, and with videoconferencing and other technology making it easier than ever to stay in touch from afar, it’s actually pretty easy to turn “social distancing” into “social – from a distance”. 

Sign at Perennial Accents in Downtown St. Joseph

Here are 4 things you can still TOTALLY do while riding out the coronavirus restrictions: 

Sweat and Stretch. 

Who says you have to go to the gym to get in a good workout? With virtual classes and all kinds of livestreamed events, you can still get gains, work up a sweat or center yourself from the comfort of your living room. Bonus: this is the time to try that really hard class without worrying you’ll look bad if you drop to your knees in the middle of it…

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you already belong to a studio or gym, check their Facebook page – chances are good that there are virtual options that will let you keep your fitness up!

Enjoy Happy Hour With Your Pals

So maybe you won’t be gathering in your favorite hot spot this Friday after work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some friends together for a beverage. Use Zoom, Facetime or another videoconferencing platform to host a live get-together – pajamas optional. 

Or, attend one of the virtual events popping up all over the area – for example: 

Do Dinner and A Movie 

So, going out to eat and to the movies is off-limits right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the experience home! Have dinner from one of your favorite restaurants & enjoy a Netflix “watch party” with your friends.

Help Others

One of the best ways to stave off anxiety and self-pity while stoking the flames of gratitude and optimism? Helping others – it’s science, people. And while you may not be able to go sit with a sick person or give a friend a hug to help them through a hard time right now, there are MANY ways to plug into your local community’s needs and lend a helping hand (okay, and maybe unload an extra case or two of toilet paper that you now feel sheepish about hoarding…)

Here are a few Facebook pages for organizations that can give you ideas and match you with helping opportunities:

Friends, the COVID-19 situation is ongoing and will continue to develop – and we’re here to be a resource to you! If you know of any fun virtual events or other resources you’d like to see shared in a future post, please email meagan@sunsetcoastmichigan.com and tell us about it. Stay healthy and keep moving! We’re all in this together. 

Meagan Francis