Lockdown has been incredibly difficult for everyone with people finding themselves in tricky situations, whether this is someone living by themselves or multiple people having to work from home in a small space. Not being able to see friends and family has been challenging and even now that restrictions are lifting, it is still not quite the same.
With this in mind, here are a few of the best ways that you can stay connected to your friends and family during this difficult time.
Cards & Hampers
A thoughtful idea is to send a personalised card from somewhere special and we recommend Card Factory for a lovely gift hamper to loved ones to show that you are thinking about them. Receiving a special gift like this will really make their day, particularly if the hamper is filled with things that they will enjoy like food, wine and/or beauty products. This is a particularly good option if someone has helped and supported you during lockdown as it allows you to show your gratitude.
Schedule Regular Calls
One of the best ways to stay in touch is to schedule regular calls. Video calls have been hugely popular over lockdown and they can be a great way to socialise with a large group of people, but it is important to realise that this is not quite the same as checking in with someone so you should make the effort to speak to people one on one too, especially if they are struggling with the situation.
Play Games Online/Watch Films Together
You do not always want to have a big chat and it is activities like playing games or watching TV with friends and family that people are missing greatly. This can be replicated to a certain degree by playing games online together or setting up a video call and watching a film/TV series at the same time – it is not quite the same, but it will do for now.
Meet Up & Maintain Social Distance
Of course, you can now meet up with people, but it is vital that you know what the current rules are and abide by these at all times. These rules can change so you need to stay aware on the latest developments, but you will find that going for a walk or inviting them for a socially distanced meal can be a fantastic way to reconnect even if it is not quite like normal at the moment.
Hopefully, this post will help you to stay connected with friends and family during what has been an incredibly difficult year so far. It is vital that you make the effort to stay connected not only for your own wellbeing but also for the wellbeing of loved ones, particularly if they are living alone and/or are vulnerable.