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Virtual Happy Hour: Why you should plan it now with the squad

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With the current situation and movement restrictions, having a virtual happy hour is the least thing you can do with friends.

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our social life. Everyone has been forced to stay home, which means no more drinking sessions, parties, and wine nights with the squad. As a home buddy, I didn’t find it a big deal at first, but as the situation takes longer than I expected, staying home has become more stressful.

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Months into lockdown, I started missing the times that I got the chance to eat in restaurants, go on dates, catch-up with friends — mundane activities we didn’t know would soon change just because of a virus. We woke up one day not being able to do the things we used to, only to keep ourselves and other people away from harm. We stopped meeting friends physically, we stopped going to places, we stopped living a normal life.

Although we are all trying to stay safe at home, we shouldn’t set aside the social impact that talking with friends provides. Thankfully, there’s technology that now allows us to do video calls, which makes it easier for us to plan a night, like a virtual happy hour with friends, while we are all physically away from one another.

Here’s why you need to have a virtual happy hour with friends soonest!

A break from the reality of life

Do you know why people love drinking with friends on Fridays? It’s to enjoy and relax after a week-long work or study. It’s a celebration of surviving the week, basically. Plus, alcohol, of course.

In case you do not know, talking to friends contributes to someone’s well-being. So it’s important that even we are in the middle of a pandemic and have our own problems to deal with, we should give time to do socials.

Having a virtual happy hour gives everyone the chance to catch up with friends. Even though we are drinking at home, seeing someone on screen drinking with us can help relieve the stress we have been feeling. It also gives us the opportunity to offer companionship when someone in our circle needs social support, especially at this trying time.

Recently, my friends and I decided to do a virtual happy hour via Zoom on a Friday night. We used to hang out in bars till midnight but since we are in the new normal, we have to adapt. That night, we had drinks on our own as we see each other’s faces on the screen. We talked about a lot of stuff, played Who’s Most Likely To, and laughed about stupid things for hours! A virtual happy hour is indeed a great way to enjoy the moment and take a break from the reality of life.

Related: Fun games to play with friends while social distancing

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Have fun like you used to

People’s lives during this time only revolve around work, sleep, eat, and social media. It’s a routine that is becoming more exhausting day by day. I can attest to that.

Personally, I’ve been feeling more tired since I started working from home. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and exercise because back then I had to walk for kilometers to go to work. But now, I am eating while working, I work earlier, and I finish work even later. The current setup causes people to overwork simply because we are at home. Little do we know, it does our body no good.

Related: Efficient work from home setup guide

Why not plan an online hang out with friends? Have fun like you used to. Don’t just settle with an unhealthy lifestyle just because we are home; do something that pickups your mood. Stop thinking about work for a while and get drunk. You won’t know when will be the next time you’ll have that chance with your friends, so go send them a link for your next virtual happy hour.

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It’s a good time to be thankful

I would say meeting with friends physically is better, but we still have to be grateful that we are able to see them even through our screen. With the seemingly endless fight against the virus, every day is already a gift. We wake up safe, doing our normal routine. Your situation could have been worse, but you are doing well. Likewise, catching-up with friends is something to be thankful for. Be happy that they are healthy and able to give you the support you need, vice versa. Isn’t that worth celebrating?

Social distancing shouldn’t stop us from boozing and having fun. With the help of technology, we have more ways to catch-up with friends even in the middle of a pandemic. Because truth be told, we need a break from everything more than ever. Be it work, news, life, or whatever things we want to forget just for a while. Allow yourself to be drunk!

Are you ready to plan your next virtual happy hour with friends?

(22) Comments

  1. I’ve yet to do this with friends. We just couldn’t get ourselves organised enough to do it!

    It’s a great idea x

  2. Michelle says:

    During the lockdown I’ve become closer with some friends, because we made an effort to keep in touch via text and video call. We also play on apps like “House Party”. Interacting with friends has definitely made the pandemic a little bit more tolerable.

    All the best from South Africa. Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

    1. I can’t believe I didn’t go out with my friends before this lockdown hit, and now I miss them so much! We used to go drinking on friday nights too and also after finals week or whenever our exams don’t bother us, and we used to play games too like never have I ever. 😂 Reading this made me miss those moments and I agree that virtual hangout can be a big help for ourselves too. Thanks for sharing this! 😊

      1. I’m glad you liked it 😍 Thanks for reading x

      2. Great post! I agree how important it is ( now more than ever!) to connect with friends! A Zoom cocktail session with friends is great! It gives you a sense of community and connection and a therapy session all in one!😂💙

  3. jenyscloset says:

    Technology helped us a lot in this pandemic. Best virtual happy our is watching same show with your friends.
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    1. Nice post. I really miss my friends but we don’t live in the same state so it’s hard for us to see.

    2. I love this idea! I’ve had zoom calls with friends but not many drinking sessions. I think its a must!

  4. Brooke says:

    I have had virtual meetings with friends but not a virtual happy hour. I’m sure it is a lot of fun and a good way to destress.

  5. I’ve not had any virtual time with friends during this lock down but I like the idea of a happy hour if my friends and I can get around the time differences, haha! Great idea.

  6. I’ve been doing this with few of my good friends and it’s something I look forward to now. x

  7. I had not thought of a virtual happy hour with friends. Since we are scatter across separate cities, this is the way to go.
    Veronica

  8. We were not able to visit our family this year, but last week my family, cousins and aunts all gathered online. It was so special to see their faces; it is not the same talking on the phone. I look forward to chatting with friends face to face, even if it is online, and love the idea of doing a virtual happy hour!

  9. Great post! My good friend and I have had many very long phone conversations during this time. It’s alway nice to have a gossip!

  10. Thanks for sharing ! My friend and I have had many long phone calls during this time! It’s always nice to have a good ol’ gossip!

  11. I think a virtual one is amazing, especially for anyone who could potentially be shielding!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  12. I have been on some virtual happy hours and they’re great! I love that you can still drink, have face-to-face convos, and best of all.. No need to worry about thinking about having to get home after. Definitely an important time to be thankful for the things we have.

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

  13. We used to have virtual happy hours with out friends over lockdown. It’s stopped now and we’ve gone back to normal, which was not seeing anyone at all, which is quite disappointing. I was hoping things would continue after lockdown.

  14. jenyscloset says:

    Great post. I miss my friend. Let’s hope for the best. Everything will be fine in some days, I guess.
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  15. Much needed post considering the presents scenario. I am missing going out to restaurants with my friends the post. Hopefully this post will help to miss them less

  16. Great post and you’ve summed up my thoughts very well! Can you imagine the pandemic of 1918 with no technology? Yikes! Stay safe but have as much fun as you can!

  17. This is a lovely idea! Great post and I can completely relate to your thoughts xx

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