Safe ways to stay in touch (and in the moment) with distant loved ones in the wake of COVID-19.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Real talk. “Keeping in touch” during COVID-19 can feel super overwhelming.
At a time when five minutes in our newsfeed feels like a lifetime, but Saturday-to-Sunday goes by in a blur, the thought of holding space for “checking in” and “just saying hi” to distant friends and loved ones often seems like the should do we never do.
New plan: Find ways to connect on the fly (and in the moment) that honor our constantly shifting demands (and schedules)!
Here are a few ideas we’ve been putting into practice:
Block off a 5-minute slot in your calendar each week to touchbase with someone you care about. Label it with a loved one’s name and a fun emoji or two. Spend their “appointment” texting to wish them a great morning, a kick-ass work week, or a restful night.
Share a reflection from your daily routine. Text a morning selfie or a scene from your daily walk to a pal you used to see more frequently. Share it alongside a reflection about how you’re feeling in the moment, or an intention for your day.
Send a digital flower bouquet. Grab a beautiful screenshot from IG or Pinterest, then text or email it to that friend you are wishing peace and some virtual, visual inspiration.
Text a “Remember when…” Dial up the gratitude over a fun shared memory with your sibling, an old friend, or a fave cousin.
Do a “fun” online grocery shop. Send a pint of a much-loved ice cream to your mom or art supplies to your niece or nephew. You could even send popcorn and fun toppings ahead of your BFF’s movie night.
Don’t just share the good stuff. Reach out when you hit a milestone and want an extra cheerleader. Reach out to your friend that’s a step ahead on their wellness journey. Reach out to your friend about that new therapist you’re loving. Feeling useful feels good — let people who love you in on that, too.
Ok, your turn. How are you staying connected to friends and loved ones you’re missing IRL these days?