You want to spend time with your friends. Yet, social distancing has created an environment where there are fewer opportunities for you to do what you’re wired to do — just hang out. You can end up feeling bored, cut off and unhappy.

So, what can you do? Here are a few fun ways to beat virtual boredom and stay safely connected:

1. Host a virtual gathering

Use a video chat platform like Zoom to plan a dinner, costume or dance party with friends. You can even host your own book club, closet exchange or karaoke night.

2. Organize a game night

Enjoy some friendly (or maybe serious) competition playing virtual group games on your computer or phone, like Among Us, Quiplash or Words with Friends. They are fun, interactive and most are free. You can find everyone’s favorite, classic and new.

3. Watch movies, videos, TV shows and listen to music virtually

Watch with your friends on platforms like Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party), and stream from Netflix®, HBO Max, Hulu and Disney+ . You can watch in complete sync and live chat.

4. Become a virtual volunteer and connect with the community

With a quick search online, you can find many causes where you can offer your time and talent, including education, animal advocacy, homelessness, human rights and the environment. If you’re not sure how or where to contribute, sites like dosomething.org/us or volunteermatch.org/ can help you discover what matters to you most.

5. Connect with new ideas and culture

It’s an ideal time to learn a new skill or improve a current one. There are endless options to explore on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram, such as music, dance, photography, crafts, memory skills, exercise or mindfulness and meditation.

The list of ideas to beat stuck-at-home boredom is endless. So, when it comes to staying positively connected, just add your own inspiration and ingenuity and see what amazing and fun things can happen.