It is never too late to build new connections, to invest in our acquaintanceships, and to strengthen our existing friendships.
Monday 1 June, 2:03pm
We are all individual and living out lockdown under very different circumstances. I am fortunate in that I live near beautiful countryside, am able to work from home, have company and my children are grown up, so I am able to adapt to lockdown relatively easily. As well as that, I realise that I am an introvert, happy in my own company, appreciating the peace and to a large extent the calmness that surrounds us at the present time.
But I am fully aware that it is a very different story for many people. People around the country are living very difficult lockdown lives - living in cramped accommodation with few places to escape to, living alone apart from family and friends, worried about jobs and elderly or sick family members and friends, caring for someone at home and unable to leave the house. Many people find lockdown to be mentally very challenging, suffering from anxiety, depression or fear.
So it is important for us all to support each other, to keep in contact when not able to meet up. If you are worried that a friend or family member is isolated, keep in touch - A conversation will mean a lot to those people who are living on their own during this time.
Let's be honest about it, there is nothing to beat face to face contact, but there are all sorts of inventive ways to stay connected. And remember, although not able to meet personally at the moment, many of our members are keeping connected via togetherfriends, looking forward to the time when they can meet in person.
How are you keeping in touch with your friends?