Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 1

Connecting with Loved Ones – Part 1

Connecting with Friends and Family

Over the last several weeks, many of us have been kept away from our friends and family. Trying to cope without these connections can be quite difficult and can have negative impacts on our health. Studies have found that social connections and support can make us happier, healthier, and live longer. Due to concerns about the increasing levels of social isolation, many have switched from encouraging “social distancing” to “physical distancing” instead. It is more important now than ever to make sure we are keeping up these social connections – if not in person, at least virtually.

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In addition to making time to Skype or FaceTime loved ones, there are several fun activities that you can try with your friends and family in order to stay connected and improve your wellbeing.

Netflix Party

Download this Google Chrome extension and watch Netflix online with your friends at the same time! You will even have a chat on the side where you can talk about the show or movie as you are watching it.

Houseparty App – Google Play or Apple Store

Videochat with your friends or join an ongoing chat when you need some social interaction! You can also play games with each other as part of the app.

Other Online Games:

Online Codenames – Guess different code words in a set that are related to a hint-word given by another player.

Online Catan – Play the classic strategy board game with others for free!

Online Avalon – Avalon is a deduction and bluffing game that you can play with your friends.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room – Complete this virtual Harry Potter themed escape room alone or with friends.

Online Ticket to Ride – Play the cross-country adventure board game with your family and friends.

Sylvie Bowden
Written in collaboration with Ivona Berger


Harvard Medical School (Updated: 2019, August 6). The health benefits of strong relationships. Retrieved April 5, 2020, from

Laura Hensley (Updated: 2020, April 1). Social distancing is out, physical distancing is in – do it. Global News. Retrieved April 5, 2020, from


Thanks to everyone who helped to put together the CFMS Wellness Document that helped to provide resources for this article.