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How to Organize a Zoom Happy Hour?

"Did my first Zoom Happy Hour with my friends last night. I feel so much better mentally today. If you haven’t done it, I highly recommend it. Grab a beer...chat with your friends...laugh. Helps brighten up life during this stressful time."

Spending time with friends and unwinding from work is not only great for catch-ups, it also helps a lot with your mental health. During this circuit breaker, we are spending a lot more time at home, and that can sometimes lead to anxiety and perhaps loneliness for some. To combat this, maintaining a line of communication with your friends can definitely help combat those feelings of isolation, with virtual happy hours being one of the options. Having a positive outlook is also very important to our physical and mental well being.

Here are some tips to organizing a successful Zoom happy hour.

Pick a time

With Zoom, you can schedule a future meeting with your friends, or you can set it as a recurring event every week. Take note, there's a 40 minute time limit if you are on the free plan.

Ideal number of participants

8 would be the max for me. Having anything more than 8 makes having a great conversation a little tough.

Drinks

You need to decide if you want alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. If you have some time and feeling adventurous, challenge yourself to a quarantini. Create your very own cocktail, and I would suggest to start with the classics. If not, you can always get cocktails from your favourite bars here

Topics/Activities

This one is really dependent on your friends. Some prefer to just talk about anything under the sun. Some crave for activities, like online games, trivia, or even poker. Nothing beats playing or interaction with your friends.

Once you have all of the above, you just need to show up and have a good time.

Even though you can't go to your favourite bar during Happy Hour with your friends or colleagues, it doesn't mean you can't have fun. By staying connected, you are able to get a sense of normalcy and interact with them in a healthy and safe way.