I feel that I’ve become much more used to this lockdown situation since it started. I feel more relaxed about it all and am getting my work done well under the new circumstances. Of course, that won’t be the same for everyone; others will be struggling with home-schooling their children, their mental health or keeping up with other work that needs to be done. At times like this, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done, but it’s so important to still keep in touch with our friends and family. Although they can’t offer physical support, they can offer emotional support and help you out in that way. Here’s some ways we can stay in touch with friends and family during lockdown.
Regular video calls
This might seem like quite an obvious one but setting up a regular video call time keeps you in the habit of keeping in touch with the people that matter. Maybe with the grandparents or a group call with your friends. You can have a weekly virtual coffee date or an hour where you set everything else aside and catch up. This is the best way to have a supportive network while we battle through this strange time.
It’s important to be careful here, but sending a little present to friends or family is also a lovely way to show you’re thinking of someone and to stay in touch. You can order flowers or a card online, which will really brighten someone’s day, especially if they are alone.
Message, message, message
If you are feeling down or overwhelmed, tell someone you’re close to. They can offer you advise or support. I’ve found it so useful to just keep in regular contact with my boyfriend as we isolate 150 miles away from each other. Just by asking about each other’s day and keeping that contact up, we’ve been able to support each other through the lockdown.
If you need someone to talk to, the University also has support services offering virtual meetings and appointments.