How to better connect with others
Having to stay at home for the past few months, you may have had more time to connect with the people you love. While many of us still crave being physically closer to friends and family we don’t live with, self-isolation has certainly made us more resourceful and appreciative of small things when it comes to human connection.
Keeping in touch while apart
Think about it, how many old friends and family members did you talk to over the course of the last two months compared to what you used to in the midst of your life pre-pandemic?
Thanks to technology and the urge to care for others that the pandemic brought to light, connecting with loved ones became more natural and somewhat easier. When we moved out of the stage of frustration, due to not being able to go see the people we love, we had to refocus on what we could do to stay connected. This might have taken a little bit of getting used to, but once processes were in place and grandma learned how to video-call, we realized how easy it is to keep in touch and remind people we think about them.
As we’re about to get more freedom in our movements and physical encounters, it is worth continuing to make efforts to stay in touch with the people who count for us and who make us feel important and supported, because the social connection is what makes us happy.
Better relationships at home
When it comes to the people we live with, self-isolation might have been challenging and beneficial at the same time. While many of us can admit that sharing space may have increased tensions at times, it seems some relationships have grown deeper and stronger, simply by spending more time together.
When our daily routine is filled with activities, responsibilities and commitments outside of home, it is easy to forget to focus on the people we live with.
Comparing our routine pre-pandemic with what it is now, we come to realize that a few hours in the evening may not have been enough to fully appreciate being with our partner, family members or housemates.
By spending more time with your loved ones, you may have realized a thing or two. Here are some of the ways isolation changed the relationship with a partner or family member for many of us:
- Growing closer with a partner through adjusting respectful routines and sharing responsibilities and day-to-day tasks.
- Making more time to be truly there for the other person: having and taking time to really listen, engage in deeper conversations, and be more supportive.
- Rediscovering the little things we like about our loved one(s), and learning to appreciate these instead of focusing on aspects we might not like as much.
- Realizing that moving on from negative emotions is up to us. Without giving the other person space or making efforts to re-establish healthy communication, tensions and conflicts can linger and affect relationships more deeply than we may think.
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