3 Ways to Maintain Strong Friendships During Covid-19
Apart from our families, having quality friends are a key component to a happy life, especially now that we are in the midst of a pandemic. It is easy to feel isolated and lonely during this trying times. In fact, according to The Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) there has been an increase in helpline calls by 50 per cent in February and March 2020 compared to the average calls from April 2019 to January 2020.
As we have to stay at home and practice social distancing, our interactions with our friends have become limited. Despite this hurdle, we shouldn’t let our friendships fade away. Here are a few tips to help you stay connected and create a stronger bond with your friends.
- Make time for your friends.
Schedule a time each day to reach out to your friends. Now is the best time to catch up even to those who you haven’t spoken to in ages. Talk about important matters such as current struggles and goals that you are working on. Take this time to get to know each other deeply (if you haven’t done so) and maybe you’ll discover something new about them. Be genuinely interested in your friends and look for a way to meet their needs.
- Engage in fun activities (online) together
We are lucky that we live in the age of technology, the number of activities we can do online are endless. Aside from Facetime or Zoom calls, you and your friends can still do activities together. If you and your friends like gaming, there’s a ton of online games you can play together. Whether it be through PC, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch or mobile phone, there’s something out there for you. Love watching movies and series? Now you and your friends can watch seamlessly using a Chrome extension called Netflix Party or Kast. Or, if you and your friends are health buffs, there are online workout classes that you can attend together. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless, you just have to get creative.
- Surprise each other with simple pleasures
We may not be able to go out, but technology and delivery folks can do the magic for us. One exciting way to do this is to play the angels and mortal game. This is the non-Christmas version of the Secret Santa. You can also surprise them by sending a snail mail. I know this may sound counter-intuitive, but receiving a handwritten letter still holds its magic. Now that almost everything can be done instantaneously, writing and sending a physical letter will make the recipient feel more loved because you took the time to do that for them. These simple yet effective gestures can help us stay connected and create a stronger bond with our loved ones that we all need right now.
Now, more than ever, we have to keep our friends closer to us and come out of this challenging time stronger.
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