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8 Creative Ways to Show Affection During Social Distancing

Self-isolation can be pretty tough and challenging. If some of your friends or family members are going through self-isolation at the moment, you can help them get through it by showing affection and love in several different ways. These are just some of the fun, creative and kind ideas you can use to cheer up a loved one and make their self-isolation process a bit more bearable. 

Organize a Movie Marathon

Now, you might be wondering how that is even possible. Well, anything is possible with online platforms such as Disney Plus, Netflix, and so on. You can organize a watch party with a chat room where you can talk to each other while watching a movie or your favorite TV show together at the same time. At these times, when a lot of people are self-isolating, knowing that there is someone on the other side of the screen can be very comforting. Why not make it more fun by throwing in a comedy film? This can really cheer someone up and make their day.

Take Online Classes Together

If your friends are self-isolating, there are tons of fun activities you can do online to keep each other company and learn something new together. Taking online courses and classes on anything you both like can be a fun yet very educational experience at the same time. Let’s say you both like cooking and would like to learn how to make some new delicious meals together. You can take online cooking lessons together. You can acquire a new skill or take on a new hobby and spend some time together even if it seems impossible right now. 

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Write them a Letter

Sometimes, there is nothing better than expressing your affection and appreciation towards a close friend in an old-fashioned way. If you have a friend or a family member who is self-isolating, let them know you are here for them and love them. They must be feeling very lonely at the moment, so any kind of sign of appreciation and love will make them feel less alone. You can write them a letter telling them all about how you’re happy to have them in your life and how you can’t wait to see them again. It will definitely bring a smile to their face. 

Talk to them

Sometimes something as simple as face-timing a friend to check on them while they are self-isolating is a kind enough gesture that will instantly make them feel better. Make sure to check on your friends, ask them how they are, and let them know you are here for them no matter what.

Send them a gift box

You can surprise a friend with a thoughtful gift or a gift box. The best idea would be to pack the things that remind you of them or some of their favorite stuff like their favorite snacks, a book, some fluffy toys, scented candles, and so on. You can also never go wrong with some flowers. A colorful bouquet of roses, carnations, lilies, or any other flowers your friend likes will be a nice addition to their home. These flowers will brighten both their room and their mood. 

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Make a playlist

Another creative way to show some affection and love to close people in your life who are socially distancing is to make them a playlist. Think of all the songs that would cheer them up during these tough times. Are there any songs that you both love? Do you have a song that specifically belongs to the two of you because it reminds you of a very dear memory with that friend? Put all of those songs on the same playlist on Spotify or any other music streaming app and send that playlist to a self-isolating friend. They can listen to it whenever they feel down. The playlist will instantly bring them back to some good moments you had together, and they will feel less lonely during the self-isolation. 

Meditate together

 During these hectic times, we all need some time to relax, take a deep breath and learn how to appreciate the present moment. Being alone for a longer period of time can get you feeling uneasy and restless. Your friends and family members who are going through self-isolation must be feeling stressed a lot of the time. One of the best ways to help them feel a bit better about the current situation is to try meditating with them. You can face time each other while taking a guided meditation class together. This experience will bring you closer together, and you will manage to help them relax, even just for a little bit. 

Make them their favorite meal

If all else fails, food is always a great remedy. You can surprise a loved one who is self-isolating by making them their favorite meal. Try to make it extra special by leaving cute little notes and messages in their lunch box. This small yet very lovely gesture will make them feel loved and appreciated. You will definitely brighten up their day and their mood. Plus, eating healthy and regularly is very important for the body and overall health. So, making sure they ate well is one of the kindest and most considerate love languages out there. 


All things considered, powering through that self-isolating period can be very tough and challenging. It tends to get very lonely, and it can be quite stressful at times. If you have any close friends or family members who are self-isolating, keep that in mind. It must be very tough for them to be separated from the rest of the world. They’re probably feeling lonely, restless, and anxious. You can be there for them through the process and let them know they’ve got your love and full support. By making these small gestures of affection and appreciation, you can help them get through anything. 

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