Many of us are feeling disconnected from friends during coronavirus, so we have some tips to stay connected
In the past few weeks it has been increasingly difficult to stay in touch with those we love. And not being able to see our friends may make you feel sad and disconnected. But even during the pandemic, there are lots of ways to stay connected.
1. Communicate As Much As Possible
During difficult times it’s easy to retreat into ourselves, or not ask for support that we need. So the best way to combat feelings of disconnection or loneliness is to communicate with others. An important thing to remember is that this is a worldwide pandemic, so your friends will probably understand exactly how you’re feeling. It’s normal to feel lots of different emotions during uncertain times, you may feel sad, angry, hopeless, or anxious, and that’s ok. However, if you’re finding that your mental health is really suffering, there’s still online services to help you. You don’t have to suffer alone.
2. Create A Routine
Do you have several friends you’d like to stay in touch with? Instead of video-chatting or calling them all in the same day — which can be draining for both you and your phone battery — try and create a routine where you call different people on certain days. Creating a routine will mean you’ll always have something to look forward to each day, which is really important when the days can pass by slowly.
3. Diversify Your Activities
In an age of technology there are so many ways to communicate with loved ones, so make the most of it. Video-calling is fantastic, but why not add some diversity to your communication with friends? You could play a quiz one night, or even do some fun lessons together if you’re still not in school. Even if it’s something as simple as sending a funny video to your friend, or leaving them a voice message instead of texting, giving your communication some variety can be a fun way to stay connected.
4. Imitate Normality
Everything’s very uncertain at the moment, and so anything which feels close to normality is welcome. So try and imitate normality as much as possible in your interactions. If you have regular meet-ups with your friends, replace these with video-calls. Or if you have regular film nights, try watching a film at the same time, commenting on the film as you watch it. With new inventions such as Netflix party this is even simpler now more than ever.
5. Plan For The Future
Look forward to the future, this pandemic won’t last forever. There will come a time when you’re allowed to see your friends much more, and even resume your usual activities. So plan for that time. Decide on some activities that you’re going to do once group meetings are officially allowed. Is there anywhere you’d like to go on holiday in the future? Make the most of this time and plan some activities to give yourself something to look forward to when this pandemic is finally over!
Page last reviewed: 11 June 2020