by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

How to stay connected while social distancing

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Just because you're staying at home doesn't mean you have to ditch your social life. Here are ways you can connect while social distancing.

Volunteer your time

We’re all in this together, and there’s no better time to step up and give back to your community. According to the Mayo Clinic, volunteering can reduce stress levels, therefore reducing the risk of disease.

Get fit online

Many local gyms and fitness studios have taken their workouts online via Instagram Live and other social platforms, allowing participants to interact and become digital friends while getting in a workout at home.

Host a watch party

Amazon, Sling and Netflix offer options that let friends or family members watch a movie or show together online while synchronizing playback.

Have a virtual happy hour

Stay connected with your co-workers while working from home by having a casual happy hour via Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Let gaming bring you together

The popular streaming platform Twitch creates a place for people to virtually "hang out" and chat while playing (or watching others play) just about any video game you can imagine.

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Play your favorite board game

Tabletop Simulator brings board gaming online through its online sandbox that allows gamers to play pretty much any game they want.

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Socialize while scrolling

Instagram released Co-Watching in 2020, an option that lets users scroll through posts and watch Instagram live videos together, while apart.

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