How Your Friendships And Relationships Have Changed Due To Coronavirus

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Do you feel a strain on relationships since the c o r o n a v i r us p a n d e m i c began?

It’s a natural feeling as we’re all practicing varying levels of social isolation. 

It may help to know that we’re all feeling the strain, and we explore all the reasons why in this post.

Through it all, there are some silver linings. 

Here are a few ways your friendships and relationships have changed due to the c o r o n a v i r u s.

How Your Friendships and Relationships Have Changed Due to C o ro nav i rus 

1. Less Face Time 

Most of us are getting less face time and more FaceTime through virtual calls. 

Instead of meeting up at a coffee shop for a chat, we’re brewing our own and having Zoom meetings to catch up.

Even if you’ve been good about keeping up with your friends (even virtual friends), it’s definitely a different dynamic. 

When a friend is struggling, you might want to reach out and give him or her a hug---but you can’t.

Until now, most of us have taken those little gestures for granted. Now that we’re missing them, we realize how important they are. 

2. Changes in Overall Contact 

Everyone is handling this crisis in their own way. 

Some people are reaching out to friends and family members more as they’re stuck at home with little to do.

Other people are feeling the weight of depression and not reaching out as much. 

As a result, you may hear from people you haven’t talked to in years and feel out-of-touch with someone you previously talked to every day.

If you do find that a friend or family member seems to be sliding into isolation, try reaching out more often. 

We could all use a helping hand, and it’s always helpful to know someone cares.

3. More Appreciation 

In times of panic, many of us are sitting back and counting our blessings. And those blessings include the people we love.

So you may find that you have a deeper appreciation for your inner circle, and they may even show more appreciation for you. 

At the very least, we will all appreciate the playdates and coffee chats when they finally resume. 

4. Additional Stressors 

Everyone is stressed about c oronavirus, but we should address the fact that many of us have been stressed for a long time. 

And if your friends and family members aren’t addressing their anxiety in healthy ways, they could be picking up some dangerous habits.

Additional stressors like lack of work, financial trouble and relationship problems are common right now in the wake of C OVI D-19 isolation. 

If your loved ones seem to have extra stress on their plates, it’s always a good idea to help where you can. 

Just be sure you’re not overextending yourself and causing more stress for you.

Especially if you notice a friend using alcohol as a coping mechanism, it may be a good idea to say something. Explaining addiction and how it can creep up on a person may help open their eyes. 

And sometimes, just the act of calling out the behavior can be enough to spark change.

Since the c oro nav i r us pandemic hit, it seems as though everything has changed. But it’s as important as ever to maintain the connections that help support our mental and emotional health.

If you notice that a friend is struggling, offer to help where you can. And if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. 

Just as you would for anyone you love, your loved ones should be there for you in times of personal crisis.

With any luck, we’ll be out of this period of isolation and we can only hope our best relationships will be stronger for it.

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