There’s really no other way around it: the coronavirus lockdowns and proceeding restrictions have been a TOTAL BUMMER. When the first round of lockdowns hit, Taylor and I had to pack up our house in California and drive for four days back to his parents home in New York. We stayed there for nearly a month before finally making it to our new condo in Virginia. It was really a hectic time, but it was made even more difficult because we had to quarantine, meaning I couldn’t visit my parents or any of my family in West Virginia. When lockdown measures ended we were FINALLY able to move around a little bit and we were able to visit family and friends.
Even as restrictions continue to ease here where we live in Virginia, I still believe in science and that social distancing is the best way to protect myself- and my little family- from this virus. Right now I’m working to create my own social bubble.
The concept of a social bubble originated in New Zealand (by the way they have pretty much eradicated the virus) to help with anxiety and loneliness during the lockdowns. The idea is to form a group and each person agrees to only socialize in person with people in the group. That way, you can cut down on how many people you interact with.
There are activities that are socially distant and relatively low on possibility of transmission that are “safe” for you to do while in your bubble. Here are some ideas that you can take into your circle.
Just throwing this out there, this game is AMAZING! It's really one of my new favorite game. If you are looking for a new game for your next game night consider this one! If you can play outside on a porch or balcony, even better!
Picnic, but make it cute.
Who doesn’t love a nice day at the river? You can check my day at the lake ESSENTIALS!
Outdoor movie night
Bar-b-Que/ cook out
there's nothing better than an old fashioned "kick back" with friend, family, food, and a few good drinks. Just make sure there's plenty of space and hand sanitizer!
invest in some good hiking sandals and hit the trails one weekend! You don't have to set your sights to climb a huge mountain. Take a look at your local park system and see what all your city has to offer. Trail systems within city limits tend to be less intensive.
Who doesn't love a spa night? Just make sure you aren't sharing products with anyone else!
These are just a few ideas of activities that you can do in your bubble but there are so many more ways to get creative and spend time with the people you love. The most important thing is that you are being safe, and having fun!