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Friendships during COVID

As we mentioned before, the most important thing you can do for your friends right now is let them know you are thinking of them. Whether you decide to write a letter, make a gift, or place a call, these gestures are all aimed at one thing—showing we still care even during a crisis.

Here are three things we can do to maintain our friendships while social distancing:

1) Schedule friendly check-ins. We are in a virtual classroom all day, exhausted. After school, we get busy with our homework or check out for a bit of online scrolling through videos. It is hard to keep conversations going and have some social time that involves a one-to-one connection. Enter check-in calls with friends on a calendar. Make a list of folks you haven’t talked to in a bit. Write post-it notes to yourself to check in with someone you haven’t talked to in a bit.

2) Ask how others are doing. When we make it a priority to look in on others, it makes it easier to reach out. If we are doing it for ourselves, we tend to put it on the backburner.

3) Move your community online. Host an online game night. Create a virtual book club. Do a streaming movie night.

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