Your relationships can give you hope when you feel like there is none. They can be there for you, support you, and let you know that sooner or later, everything will be okay.
So if you want to massively strengthen the quality of your relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic, here are several things you can do:
Be Patient And Considerate.
A lot of people are going through a challenging time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Quoting an article published by the CDC:
“Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.”
Which means you need to try and be patient and considerate when communicating with friends or family.
Most of my friends know that I normally reply to messages in three minutes. But this isn’t normal times. There are moments when I feel incredibly stressed and want to relax instead of responding to a social media message. So more often than not, I’ll wait a few hours to reply.
The vast majority of my loved ones understand my rationale for taking much longer to respond than usual. After all, they’re dealing with exactly the same set of circumstances.
Why am I telling you all of this? Chances are, a lot of your loved ones are going through something similar. They’re extremely stressed from the pandemic, lockdown, or any other crisis that’s happening right now. So try to be considerate and understand their specific situation.
They’ll massively appreciate your support.
Communicate How You Feel.
This is not a great time for playing mind games. If something is wrong, be honest about how you feel. Because when you communicate with genuine honesty, your loved ones are much more likely to reciprocate.
I try to call my close friends and family members at least once a week to make sure they’re okay. And if they’re not, I’ll talk to them and find a way to help them get through this extremely challenging time.
If you’re worried, say something. If you need someone to talk to, message a friend or family member. People can’t guess when something is wrong as they (probably) can’t read your mind. So, of course, you need to tell them.
If someone genuinely cares about you, they’re not going to judge you. They’re certainly not going to laugh at your problems or do anything that might make you feel insecure. Instead, your loved ones will try to support you during difficult times. They’ll be your emotional rock and help you in whatever way they can.
Do Something Small To Create A Big Impact.
Small gestures can be extremely meaningful. You don’t have to travel across the country or spend thousands of dollars to show that you care about your loved ones.
Create a playlist of uplifting music they might enjoy. Encourage them if they’re going through a difficult time. Write a note of gratitude saying how much you appreciate having them in your life.
Those are just a few small things I’ve started doing over the past few months to create a meaningful impact on my friends and family’s lives. They worked like a charm.
Saying that you care about your loved ones is great. Showing that you genuinely care is even better.
Listen Intently To What People Have To Say.
When you listen with intent during conversations, every single one of your relationships will improve for the better. Perhaps this is what Epictetusmeant when he said:
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
The truth is that most people don’t know how to have a conversation. Sure, they might hear what you say. But more often than not, they’re not listening. Instead, they’re just trying to come up with a reply.
Don’t be like most people. Listen intently to what your loved ones have to say during a conversation. Show that you genuinely care about their thoughts, problems, and anything that’s going through their mind.
If you can do that all the time, the quality of your relationships will massively improve.
While there isn’t a proven formula for improving every one of your relationships during a pandemic, each of the above strategies will certainly help. To recap:
- Be patient and considerate.
- Communicate how you feel.
- Do something small to create a big impact.
- Listen intently to what people have to say.
Give your loved ones a beautiful feeling of hope when they feel like there is none. Be there for them, support them, and let them know that someday, this will all be over.
Covid-19 has taught us the importance of strong relationships. And together, we will get through this.