Covid-19 has taken a toll on everyone this year, with activities and social interactions we rely on for our emotional health being curtailed. Feeling lonely can be very trying and we automatically search for how to alleviate the despair.
This morning I’m asking myself if, instead of asking ourselves “how do I stop this feeling”, I ask myself how I can contribute to helping others feel connected. Of course, this is a two way street, and of course it will help me feel connected to reach out to others, but I think being proactive in achieving something is more motivating and cheerful than searching for a release from pain.
I want to check in with my nearest and dearest regularly. In person outdoors masked up, or via message, video, or voice call.
Here are some ways I’m going to look forward to reaching out in pandemic friendly ways:
- Make a date to walk (or sit) and talk in a park while summer is still here. Nature is restorative, as well as friendship, so double whammy!
- Ask “What’s your favourite thing about today?” via Message, and share mine. It’ll help build gratitude, and connection.
- Ask “What’s your hardest thing about today?” because we can help each other feel valued and supported.
- Make a date to video chat. Don’t hangup without planning the next time. Plan an activity with the video, there are lots of options, not just happy hour time. Try making art or craft simultaneously, cooking dinner, playing video games, watching a movie, or taking a walk around the neighbourhood.
- Send regular messages of appreciation. I enjoy my small project Bee Compliment Tree, and want to contribute to it more often. It’s about sending out positivity and appreciation. It’s usually easier to send a meme, than say something in person, so now’s a good chance!