Nurturing Friendships

Nurturing Friendships

Friendships are a crucial element in protecting our mental health and increasing our sense of belonging and purpose. In a ‘normal’ world nurturing our friendships, more often than not, happens through physical interaction and socialisation. Something we now protest we’d never take for granted!

The reality is, even in a ‘normal’ world, socialising can be a huge source of anxiety for many.. but an essential way to re-charge for others. No matter how you manage your friendships, lockdown has thrown us the biggest curve ball of all, proving just how challenging staying in ‘touch’ can be.

With messages, voicenotes and the ever so popular zoom calls being some of the only forms of social interaction accessible to us, many of us have felt the pressure to keep up with constantly responding.

However, being away from our friends has most definitely made us yearn for physical, face to face interactions. We know that some of you may be feeling anxious about this and how after a long time apart it will feel, but it’s okay to dip your toe in the water and be honest that it may take you some time. And when that time does come, when we’re able but when you’re ready, we’ll all have the tightest hugs and strongest bonds.