We could all do with a little more love and care at the moment. Thanks to the pandemic, we are removed from the people who would usually be there for us, and so the experience has become quite isolating.
Still, that doesn’t mean we have to remain inactive. We can still support our friends, even when socially distanced, and hopefully, we will receive the same support from them too.
What can we do?
#1: Send them a gift
No matter where in the world you are, it is still possible to send your friends a gift. Be it a hamper of food, a subscription box, a personalised card, or an International flower delivery for somebody on the other side of the ocean, we can send them something we know they will enjoy. A gift in the mail might just make their day, especially when they are feeling far removed from their friends and family members.
#2: Offer a listening ear
Socially distancing is still in place for many of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support our friends. If you know your friends are struggling, keep in touch with them. Your listening ear might be all they need to let off steam, and it might help them stay sane during this difficult time. Use your phone, or get in touch with your friends using Zoom, Skype, or some other messaging technology. And answer any calls you receive, as your friends might be in desperate need for someone to talk to.
#3: Share advice when you can
You might not be an expert at everything, but it might be that you are able to offer some advice. Here’s the best advice to give somebody with anxiety, for example, which might be useful considering the fears and worries that your friends might have right now. Offer advice about COVID when you can too, or simply give your friends advice on what to watch on TV if they need something to cheer them up. You might also point them to games and books they might like to try while they’re stuck at home.
#4: Have fun with your friends
Okay, so there are a lot of things you can’t do with your friends at the moment due to local restrictions, but it doesn’t mean the fun has to end. You could use Netflix Party to watch films and TV shows with your friends, or you could play online video games. You could set up group chats too and play simple games with one another from the other end of your screens. And what about a book club? Or a long-distance dinner party where you all cook the same foods? There are loads more ideas here if you need further inspiration. Having fun will be important for all of you, not only for the opportunity to hang out again but also because you will all have a distraction from life’s stresses.
There will be a day when life returns to normal, but until then, be there for your friends in whatever way you can. They will appreciate the care you show, and hopefully, you will benefit from the love and friendship you receive in return.