Now that quarantine orders are being lifted and folks are venturing back out into the world, we can look back over the past few weeks and reflect on how we were able to preserve friendships, sustain relationships and even make new friends during our time inside. Even when things return to “normal”, and we’re able to visit with our loved ones in person, it’s not a bad idea to keep some of these channels open. I think we can all agree that with recent events, we have learned the value of nurturing the relationships that mean the most to us. Here are some tips for maintaining ties:
- Continue the video chats/meetups you set up during quarantine.
Zoom, FaceBook, IG and other apps have become an invaluable part of our communication in recent weeks. While social media was mainly a way for us to keep with the various happenings in our friends’ and families’ lives, during quarantine we found ourselves celebrating via internet connections. Birthdays, graduations, even weddings have taken place virtually. It’s worth considering setting up a scheduled weekly or monthly video chat just to check in.
2. Texts, IM’s and DM’s are great ways to send a quick message when you don’t have time for a video chat.
One thing we found out during quarantine is that the sending of a simple “thinking of you” text or DM can make the difference between having the worst day ever and having a reason to smile. It takes seconds to digitally let your people know they’re on your mind. And it can be just the “pick-me-up” they need.
3) Snail mail still works.
While the USPS, UPS, FedEx and other carriers have been taxed with delivery of online orders, since in-person shopping has been shut down, don’t underestimate the therapeutic benefits of manually writing your thoughts on actual paper and sending it through the good, old-fashioned mail. It may take a while to get to its destination, but it’s so satisfying to receive a letter that isn’t from a bill collector. (Oh, that’s just us? Ok then…). Handwriting letters or cards and sending them out is a great way to create an even more personal connection.
As many of us found out, in a complicated and trying time, we were forced to get creative with ways to stay connected to the people we care about. There’s really no reason at all for that to come to an end once quarantine is over.
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