The pandemic has come with a unique set of challenges. With social distancing being the need of the hour, maintaining your connections with your loved ones is essential.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been challenging for all of us in different ways, which is precisely why it’s so important to check in from time to time. There’s a lot of anxiety attached to a pandemic and considering the constant onslaught of bad news, we need one another now more than ever.
Luckily for us, the advent of technology has ensured that a lack of physical presence can be—to a large extent—be compensated for virtually. Your friends and family are just a phone call or a text message away. Make sure to reach out as often as you can!
Learning how to navigate the current situation is an ongoing process, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be supportive of the people we care about. Some easy ways to be there for the ones you love include:
Talk Things Out
Try to be a safe space for your loved ones. COVID-19 has stirred up a lot of fears regarding things most of us would rather not talk about. However, it’s important to say those things out loud so they can be dealt with collectively.
It’s also important to keep up with the small things that are going on. Amidst a global pandemic, it’s easy to forget about your friend’s work situation or your sister’s dog feeling better. Help your loved ones normalize the situation by talking about these little everyday things that are still very relevant—even if it doesn’t quite feel that way.
Plan Activities Together
Spending weeks at home is enough to make anyone feel suffocated. And while you can’t resume your social life just yet, nothing’s stopping you from planning a virtual movie night with the ones that you love the most. Watch a light-hearted rom-com to help your friends and family get their minds off everything that’s happening.
You can also look up online games that you can play together; set time aside every day and dedicate it to a specific game. Just because you can’t be together physically doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some quality time together!
You can also choose to be productive—tackle an interesting course together or try learning a new language over video call. The possibilities are endless!
Take Time for Yourself
It’s only natural to be concerned about the ones you love most in these difficult times. However, it’s important to remember that the only way you can take care of other people is by taking care of yourself first!
This pandemic is just as difficult for you as it is for anyone else. That is precisely why it’s essential to check in with yourself and make sure that you have the emotional and physical capacity to help other people.
Eat right, set a routine and take care of your mental health. Be there for yourself as much as you want to be there for other people!
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