The past months have sent the world in an unprecedented era of self-isolation. Many of us feel anxious or lonely because of social distancing and separation from those we love. Perhaps one of the causes of this anxiety is the pandemic itself.
Your fears, concerns, and anxiety are valid. They are real and everyone is experiencing it. Because of that, this is the perfect time to reach out and love others. During these trying times, helping others cope is also a form of self-care. And what better way to help those important to us than by making them feel loved and cared for according to your and their love language?
Read on as My Pope gives you tips on how to strengthen relationships despite strict social distancing!
Words of Affirmation
With the uncertainty that everyone is feeling right now, reassurance and kind words are vitally important to those whose love language is words of affirmation. Sending them messages like “I admire your strength during these trying times,” or “I love how you’re helping us get through this,” will go a long way with them. A thoughtful message from you will surely make them appreciated and valued. (Read: Liza Soberano Opens Up About Anxiety, Shares Tips for Good Mental Health)
For those people whose love language is giving or receiving gifts, little trinkets that say you thought of them will brighten their day right now. You could send a gift card to a food delivery service or have food delivered to them. Moreover, now that online shopping is booming, why don’t you order something for them? It doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive—when it comes to gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts. (Read: Check Out These Affordable Stay-At-Home Outfits With SM Deals!)
This is the hardest love language to live out amid the pandemic because social distancing, by definition, means having no physical contact. However, you can still make your loved ones feel loved even if you can’t hug or kiss them like you used to.
For those at home with their families, keep hugging them close—everyone is feeling afraid and an extra hug can go a long way. For those who are far away, tell them that you want to hug them to make your presence felt. Re-create that person-to-person experience through video conferencing—your virtual presence can already send positive vibes. (Read: 5 Ways to Cope With Burnout While Working From Home)
Because we can’t hang out with loved ones and friends, those whose love language is quality time tend to feel lonelier than the rest. Give them the time and attention they are craving virtually—eat dinner, workout, or read the Bible together via Zoom or FaceTime. If you’re a gamer, you can invite each other to a game or two. Or organize a Netflix party to binge-watch your favorite series. Remember to spend quality time with the people at home with you as well. (Read: Netflix Premieres Award-Winning Filipino Film ‘Lingua Franca’)
Acts of Service
One of the best ways to make a person loved is to practice acts of service for them. If you have immunocompromised family members, offer to go do their groceries or pick up their medicines for them. The same way goes to your friends who can’t go out during these times—just leave the bags in front of their house. You can also tutor your friends’ kids online to give their parents a break. Assist those at home with you by offering to do the chores or walking the dog in the morning.