Physical distancing is certainly bringing out the nation’s creativity in finding alternative ways to connect with others during their downtime.

Connecting with friends, family and loved ones is vital in maintaining our overall health and wellbeing, so we have pulled together five of our favourite ways to stay socially connected and have some fun during these challenging times.

Host a virtual dinner party

Thanks to the wonders of video calls, dinner parties have now gone online. Connecting with people you care about is a great way to relieve stress and enhance your wellbeing, and at the touch of a button you can Facetime, Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp each other while enjoying your food. Why not put on a nice outfit, pop some decorations up, and even play a few online games together?

Take part in a virtual quiz

Whether joining as an individual or a group of friends, there is quite literally a virtual quiz for every night of the week. Quiz enthusiasts are spoilt for choice, but TechRadar have already done the leg-work and shortlisted some of the finest quizzes out there.

Of course, if quizzes aren’t quite your thing, there are plenty of app games around enabling you to challenge friends or brand new online opponents.

Share your favourite music

Spotify allows you to share your playlists and music with those living outside your household. Now you can continue to create parties in your living room and dance the night away to your favourite music together.

Hold a Netflix party

Thanks to Netflix party, movie nights can still be shared together. This additional feature of Netflix allows users to invite their friends and family to watch movies and TV series online while physically distancing. Even better it has a messenger tool so you can catch-up and talk about the film while you watch it.

Socialise while scrolling

Instagram and Facebook have introduced new ways of sharing your experiences with others. Launched at the end of March, Instagram’s Co-Watching feature allows you to scroll through posts and watch videos together, while apart.

Similarly, with Facebook’s Watch Party you can watch videos on Facebook in real-time with friends and family afar.