Ways to Keep Up Friendships During Social Distancing

Social distancing is, unsurprisingly, hard on social lives. Learn ways to show friends you care and support them without breaking social distance rules.

Social distancing is putting a real damper on just about every part of social life. College students are now home and separated from friends they’ve gotten used to living just a few steps away from. While you can’t get together with your friends right now or even meet up anywhere, there are still a few ways to keep your friendships strong. Check out these ways to keep up friendships during social distancing.

Covid19 Resources:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
WHO: https://covid19.who.int/

Write An Old-Fashioned Letter

You most likely have a lot more time on your hands now than you used to, so why not sit down with a fancy greeting card and write a little note to your friends? This means a real note on a real card that you send via snail mail. You’ll get to look forward to them receiving it and you will brighten their days by letting them know you’re thinking about them—plus, you put in extra effort by mailing a real card, rather than sending a text or direct message.

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Schedule Virtual Hangout Nights

More than a group video call on one of the countless video calling apps, schedule a video call with a purpose. Taking the time to schedule an actual activity for you and your friend group to do together can allow you guys to bond the way you would in person. General virtual hangouts that are just about checking in can get old, since everybody’s day was about the same—isolated and low-key. Here are a few ideas of activities you can schedule with your friends.

  • Charades: There are apps you can use to play charades at a distance, where one person guess what the others are acting out.
  • Slideshow presentation battle: Ask each friend to prepare a 10-minute slideshow presentation on the funniest subject they can think of and present to the group.
  • Show and tell: Have each member of the group bring the item they own that has the best backstory and share the stories with each other.

Drop Off Packages

If you’re lucky enough to live near your friends, try putting together little care packages and leaving them at your friends’ doorsteps and texting them to check their doors. These packages are a great way to keep up friendships during social distancing. You’ll get to retain your social distance (don’t tell them to check their doors until you’re safely back in your car) and give your friend a fun surprise. You can include simple items to keep them entertained and show them you care and are thinking about them during this tough time. Here are some ideas of things to include for your friends:

  • Face masks: These are a fun way for your friend to relax and practice some self-care.
  • Coloring books: Coloring is a fun activity that can be calming and help pass the time, all while creating something beautiful.
  • A good book: Including a copy of a book you love can show the time and effort you put into their package and give them something fun to do.

Meet the Author

Kayla is a writer, artist, and designer from the Chicagoland area. She incorporates her creativity to produce work that is informative and thought-provoking.


How to Be Happier in Your Relationships

Just because you are not happy in your relationship, doesn’t mean that you are not with the right person. It justmeans that you need to take the right steps so that you can begin to focus onyourself while also making sure that you are getting the space you need.

Be Self-Sustainable

The secret to having a happy relationship is completely self-dependent. A relationship is about sharing your life with someone else, and not about depending on them for every little thing. You can’t expect your partner to be your constant emotional or financial support. If you do, then this can eventually turn into resentment, and this can cause major problems. It’s completely normal for you to depend on your partner for some help and support, but if you are constantly relying on them for everything, then this could indicate deeper insecurity.

Accept Yourself

A lot of people enter a relationship with the idea of finding love. They want to fill up the hole that they have within themselves, but if you can’t love yourself, then it can be hard to expect someone to do that for you. Joyful relationships tend to be formed by those who already love themselves, and therefore want to share that love with someone else.

How to Be Happier in Your Relationships

Create Space

If you want to be happy in the relationshipthat you have now, then it is so important that you learn how to give yourpartner space. It’s completely normal for you to wantto spend the rest of your life with your partner and you may also want tocreate a family as well, but you don’t want to trample their hopes and eventheir dreams by not giving them the freedom they need to live their life. Thiscould be financial, religious or eventhrough their career.

Respect Differences

No two people are alike, and this is one of the best things about life. Diversity is everything, so if you want to be happier in your relationship, then it is so important that you are able to appreciate and even respect these aspects. Remember that just because they are different to you, doesn’t mean that they are wrong or that you are not compatible. It just means that you are two individuals and this is perfectly normal. If you feel as though your differences are coming between you and your partner and this is something that you cannot move past, then it may be worth going your separate ways. If you are married, then this may involve you trying to file for divorce. This can be difficult, but sometimes this is the only way for you to find a relationship that you can be truly happy with.

Being in a relationship is not without its challenges. At times you may argue, and you may disagree on major topics, but if you are able to come together by the end, then this shows that you have found the right person. It also shows that you are strong enough to go the distance.

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