Everyone has been negatively impacted by the pandemic in one way or another.
Whether you had to navigate working from home, schooling from home, or maybe even losing your job, Covid hasn't been an enjoyable experience for any of us. And in the midst of all the changes, something else occurred with many of us only half-realizing it.
We began to stray from our relationships: familial, platonic, romantic, everything.
As it turns out, not seeing a person daily, out of necessity, can put a drastic strain on an otherwise perfectly fine relationship.
Have you felt out of touch lately with people you want to stay close to? Maybe they aren't your very best friend, or your closest family member. But we all have that one person we wish we wouldn't have dropped contact with.
Fear not, you don't have to feel this way for long. Just pick one of these simple steps to keep the contact flowing. Don't give up on someone just because of a temporary setback.
1. Pen a letter.
Are you an essay texter? Do you have a million thoughts raging within your mind, just begging to be set free? If so, it might be time for you to write a letter. Put the pen on the paper, let your mind run wild, slap a stamp on that bad boy, and you're good to go.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a professionally trained author to sit down a write a letter. In fact, sometimes the best messages come not from an education in how to mix and match words, but from your actual feelings. This means your possibly subpar writing skills are totally okay! Embrace them. Let them run wild. Write them down (or type them out), and let that someone know how you feel.
2. Pick out a gift (no matter how small).
You don't have to go over-the-top extravagant to show someone you care. Just hop over to your favorite online shopping website and grab something that's just them. "The thought that counts" is really true when it comes to gifts (even if the recipient is a little materialistic).
An unexpected gift in the mail is sure to please. Remember the point is to show you care. You don't have to run your wallet dry trying to impress anyone. It's an act of kindness, not a required hundred-dollar wedding gift.
3. Send a text.
How simple is that? It may sound a little silly, but sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction to stay on top of things. If you were still questioning whether you should text that person you've been thinking about, this is your sign. Go do it!
They might be missing your company as much as you miss them. And this is the perfect simple opportunity to let them know you care. Whether you're a simple "hey" kind of person or an essay writer, reach out to them.
Everybody is struggling in some way. A little kindness can go a long a way. And believe me, kindness feels good on both ends.
4. Set up a Zoom call.
Sometimes, writing isn't just isn't enough. So, why not see their face? No matter what platform you like to use—Facetime, Zoom, etc.—check up on them. You can always send a text beforehand, as to not scare the life out of them when they're just trying to enjoy some quality at-home time in their pajamas.
Connecting a face with your words, even if you know each other well, makes everything feel a little more personal. A little more meaningful. So don't be afraid to check up on their beautiful, tired, no-makeup, however they feel like looking face. It will make their day and yours.
5. Drop by for a visit (obviously with their permission).
This one is obviously to be taken with caution, as people vary in their readiness to meet up in person. If one of you is uncomfortable with a face-to-face visit, please don't pressure or be pressured into a situation you don't like. There is no reason for that with the many other options you still have. However, if you are both confident and comfortable enough to be around one another, why not see each other in person?
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2020 B E Rook
Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 05, 2020:
Oh thanks for reminding me to do it!
Enjoy the rest of the night ;-)
Abby Slutsky from America on November 05, 2020:
You have some nice ideas.