Because here’s the thing: While hermitage may seem appealing on paper, going from 0 to 100 in terms of social contact can be rough on us, psychologically. So even if you opt to sit out your once-regular Saturday nightlife habits, the time will come when you need to to go to a party or wedding or concert or airport or anything else with groups of people, and you don’t want to feel panicked and tongue-tied when it happens. So, it’s a good idea to warm up our social muscles to mitigate awkwardness and anxiety alike. Below, we unpack some simple lower-risk post-pandemic socializing ideas including open-air activities to help bring you back to life, so to speak.
Below, 13 low-contact post-pandemic socializing ideas for your return to real life
1. DIY a rollerskating rink
Hitting the wheels was a major flex last summer, so why not bring it back? Those holographic skates aren’t just Instagram friendly, they’re also a quick way to cruise about and great exercise.
2. Play a round of mini golf
You might want to get some antibacterial wipes for the clubs (just in case) but overall? Go ahead, hit a ball into a cartoon character’s mouth—go crazy.
3. Wine and cheese tasting
For something less fearsome that a dive bar, seek out an outdoors option where everyone gets their own individual flights of drinks.
4. Go to a drive-in movie theater
Still not ready for a packed cinema yet? We feel you. If we see a revival of last summer’s drive-in boon, you’ll be able to actually go with people in *different* households.
5. Or host your own outdoor movie nights
Look, getting a projector set up in your backyard might annoying at first. But at least you don’t have to throw down $40 a car to watch something as accessible as Clueless that way.
6. Take a trip to the farmers’ market
You’ve been battling it out at the grocery for over a year now. Now that it’s warm and sunny out in many areas, you can have a charming Sunday packing your tote bag with organic tomatoes and bushels of lavender.
7. Or, take a trip to the flea market
Sorting through secondhand stuff might not be for everyone, but if you’re a deprived thrift store fan (guilty!) this is the next best thing.
8. Go hiking
If you’re a hiking newbie, no need to hit up the mountains. Find some cute-and-sturdy boots and take a stroll down a scenic path.
9. Visit a botanical garden
For an aesthetically pleasing, all-natural mental-health boost (literally), there’s absolutely nothing better than botanical gardens. Treat yourself to some tiger lilies and peonies en masse.
10. Do some yoga in the park
The convergence of a vinyasa flow with cherry blossom trees is a heavenly sounding combo.
11. Have a picnic
Just because restaurants are popping the top button of their collar doesn’t mean you have subscribe to that indoor dining life. A sprawling blanket and stocked cooler is always a great alternative.
12. Go camping
Stargazing, marshmallows, the whole nine yards—bring your backpack and your nearest and dearest for a weekend getaway.
13. Get some ice cream cones and enjoy the scenery
Grabbing a scoop and watching the sunset with someone you cherish is quintessential summer bliss.
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