Keeping Connected during Self-Isolation - Arthritis Action

While we remain indoors and self-isolate, it is important to remain connected to friends and loved ones wherever possible.

You may not be able to go out and meet with people in person at the moment, but there are still a number of ways to connect with your friends and family, and to have fun digitally. We have put together a few ideas to help you stay connected with others during self-isolation.


Watch a film with a friend

Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend. You can find apps to help you synchronise, or just call each other and arrange to watch the same thing on your TV. Dim the lights, get a snack and treat it like the cinema! Afterwards, call them to discuss what you thought of the film.



From baking to book clubs, gardening to crochet, hobbies are a great way to connect with like-minded people. Try searching online for group discussions about your hobby – or, if you can’t find a group you are interested in, why not start your own? Ask your friends and you might be surprised who else shares your passion.


Connect with nature

Whether it’s on a walk, in the garden or looking out your window, taking the time to observe the natural world around us helps to make us feel more connected. Depending on where you live, you could look up an insect identification guide, or learn to identify bird calls that you can hear from home.


Quiz your friends

There are lots of online quizzes available to test your knowledge. Alternatively, speak to your friends to see if they’re interested in writing your own quiz to do over the phone. You can also use video software, such as Skype or Zoom. You could have your friends write a round each.


Keeping active

It is important to remain active while you’re self-isolating, to strengthen the muscles that protect and support the joints. The Arthritis Action website has exercises you can try in a chair at home. If permitted by Government guidelines, going for a short walk around your local area can lift your mood and keep you moving.


Make fun future plans

If you can’t wait to get out and about again, try making a list of things you will do after lockdown with friends and family. Whether it’s a list of people you’ll meet for a coffee, a holiday, or a gathering with friends, make plans to look forward to!


Join a virtual Arthritis Action Group

Join one of our Virtual Groups to get tips and support from other people living with arthritis. You van visit our events calendar for upcoming dates and regions  covered, or email us for more information: