Checking in on Your Friends During Covid
One of the many big things this pandemic has taken away from us is the ability to see others comfortably. Many people have been left to be lonelier then they have ever been before and this is leaving many people to have a toll taken on tier mental health. It is more important than ever to check in on your friends and with yourself. The easiest way to do this is to just ask them about their mental health and how they are doing. This will leave them feeling better along with yourself and connected to others again. Make sure when asking others how they are doing you are being an active listener. Nothing is more important than being there but also listening and truly showing you care. If you feel you are the one constantly asking and they are never listening or asking, speak up. Everyone is in their own world and most people don’t even realize they are doing it.
Make sure when talking with each friend you cater it to that person. Everyone is different and deals with feelings differently so reading the room and friend is very important. Also, if you are your friend are feeling up to it, meeting outdoors has been said to be safe by the CDC if also following their guidelines. Seeing a friend in person can make you feel more connected than a phone call. So plan a hangout as soon as you can!
Lastly, remember the only thing you can do is be there for someone. If you think they end up needing more help than you can offer, get them help from a professional. And remember to keep yourself mentally happy.