If you’ve been using video calls as a way to keep up with family and friends, they may have lost their excitement. Though staying in is undoubtedly one of the best ways to prevent contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus, it doesn’t leave you with much to talk about in conversation.
Do you often ask “what’s new?” only to receive a “not much, what’s new with you?” response? You’re definitely not alone, but that doesn’t make it any easier to sustain conversations over a long period of time. So what can you do?
If you haven’t totally sworn off of video calls yet, one thing to consider is setting a theme for each call. A happy hour is one option, but if you’re trying to watch your alcohol intake or take medications that interfere with alcohol, this might not be the best option. You could also hold a virtual movie night using a simultaneous streaming app, or maybe a virtual painting class.
Though those options are fun, one downside is that they may require purchasing some extra materials. One option that probably won’t take you too far out of your normal budget range is to start a recipe club. This sounds like a simple premise, because it is. Here’s how it works. The group decides on a recipe to make during your next call. Then, on the agreed-upon date, you all make the recipe together on the call. It’ll give you plenty of time to socialize and share tips and tricks while also giving you a goal to work toward and talk about.
Even better is that it’s totally adaptable. Everyone can cook the recipe according to their own preferences and dietary restrictions. You can also make it as simple or as complicated as you like, and hold club “meetings” as frequently or infrequently as you desire.
It can be difficult to stay motivated to cook for yourself. It can be even more difficult to stay motivated to eat anything more complicated than scrambled eggs or a bowl of cereal. The recipe testing can double as motivation to cook yourself a nice meal and enjoy the company of friends. Plus, this is a great way to stave off feelings of isolation even once the pandemic ends.