The restrictions of 2020 have seen many of us get creative in maintaining friendships and staying in touch with loved ones when Friday night cocktails or sports practice had to be suspended. There’s no doubt that self-isolation and social distancing have been tough but finding ways to stay connected has been instrumental in staying mentally healthy.
We talked to the team to find out how they checked-in with friends while in lockdown. What did you do?
“My neighbour and I channelled Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor and Wilson by catching-up over the fence for an hour a few times per week.”
“Once restrictions eased a little, my grandma created her own easy-clean living room in her garage. I think the residents at her retirement village appreciated the makeshift coffee shop decor after being quite isolated. The locals even started ‘booking a time’ to come and see her then she’d disinfect everything ready for her next visitor!”
“My friend and I started ‘dad joke-a-day’. We’d each send a dad joke or cheesy meme each day; it was a bit of a competition to see who could come up with the worst!”
” My partner was stuck in the mines so we became pros at synchronising Netflix so we could watch our favourite TV series at the same time and debrief together.”
“I don’t know how we would have got by without video calling. My gal pals and I got dressed up once a week and caught up on a group video call with homemade cocktails. My partner and I also organised some double date nights and games evenings by video. Charades may be old school but it had us laughing all night.”
We’d love to hear how you and your friends supported each other during the recent trying times. Head on over to our Facebook page to give us your best tips and tag your friends to show your appreciation.