To weather the storm, it takes more than sending a random text here and there. You need to keep the loving, personal connection strong.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of sharing endless virus statistics and news reports, but that kind of communication often makes you feel even more stressed and anxious.
It’s tempting to ignore the thousandth text from your parents reminding you to wear a mask or stay six feet apart from other people, but it’s important to be patient. It’s important to be kind.
While you might just feel like binge watching Love is Blind and firing off a few mundane texts to let your family know you are OK, take time to invest in your personal connection with your family. Here are 5 tips:
5 Personal Connection Tidbits
1. Recognize that your family is expressing their love for you, albeit in a stressful, worrisome way.
2. Try to make time in your schedule to call or video chat with them, so that they see you’re OK.
3. Create a family group chat on what’s app and share your life with your family. Send cute picture of your pets, photos of your latest baking project, or even just simple selfies to show that you’re safe, healthy, and trying to make the best of these crazy, uncertain times.
4. Encourage your family members to share little snippets of their day-to-day life, too. Seeing your loved ones regularly, even if it’s over text or FaceTime, can go a long way in reducing anxiety and maintaining a strong familial bond, even if you’re forced to be apart.
5. Surprise them with fun blasts from the past. For example, a vacation photo, or a special song. Little things can go a long way…and sometimes just an image or music can instantly transport someone to a happier place.
Your Rock, Your Foundation
Family is always important. And now, during these trying times your bond with your family is more important than ever before. Work at staying in touch, at making them feel loved and at boosting each other up.