Although physical distancing is imperative to slowing the pandemic and protecting vulnerable people, these measures can take an emotional and psychological toll on all of us. It’s important to create a routine, build downtime into your schedule, take breaks from news and social media, and practice good self-care.

The Socialize Remotely website, created by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), serves as a cross-School connector for virtual events, a promoter of School specific content, and a social outlet. Log in with your HarvardKey to browse events and add your own.

Additionally, the following resources and activities can help you fulfill our human need for social interaction while still maintaining critical physical distancing measures.

Art, Movies, Music, & Culture
Exercise & Games
  • Take walks, go for a run, play games that don’t involve physical contact, and enjoy being outside — just remember to follow local regulations for stay-at-home-orders and maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from people who aren't part of your household if you venture outdoors.
  • For the young and the young-at-heart, check out the Boston Children Museum's 100 ways to play.
Mindfulness & Spirituality
Social Media
  • Regularly call, text, or check-in with friends and family.
  • Schedule virtual meals, coffee breaks, or game nights with family & friends over FaceTime, Google Duo, and other video calling apps.
  • Follow the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Outings & Innings Twitter feeds for online museum resources, virtual concerts, educator videos, and more.
  • Join the Be a Hero. #StayHome social media movement launched by Ariadne Labs. Everyone is invited to unite as a community and share what they’re doing to stay connected. Download free and fun graphics that you can share on social media to inspire others.

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