Staying connected to friends and family during the pandemic has proven harder than we thought, especially with so many travel restrictions and international borders still being closed. The stress of unfamiliar social and lifestyle restrictions has left some of us feeling quite isolated. It's normal to have lots of different feelings, from worries and anxiety to fear. Here's a couple of tips to make all these changes a little bit easier and to stay connected to your friends and family.
1. Send a memorable gift
Personally, we love giving gifts (but that's just us). There is something awesome about finding the perfect gift for that special someone. It's also a great way to strengthen connections and show someone how much you appreciate them. With social distancing still being encouraged globally, include and remind your friends and family that they still play an important part in your life. Next time an important event rolls around, send everyone something tangible like a beautifully framed photo that will include them in the celebration.
2. Remember important dates
Nothing beats getting a call from someone you haven't heard from in a while. Thanks to Facebook's birthday feature, you no longer have to try and remember everyone's special days. Make a point to reach out to friends and family on these noteworthy days.
3. Schedule virtual catchup time (and stick to it)
Virtual chats using Zoom or Google Meet is a great way to get some far-away face time with your closest friends and family. You can even do group calls on WhatsApp.
Whichever you choose, it's important to keep in touch with your tribe.