The recent lockdown has proven to a lot of us if it needed proof, how vital the connections we have in our life can be. Even as things get back to normal over the coming year (fingers crossed), there are people important in our life that we can’t see immediately. How do you make sure that you’re not neglecting your relationship with them and show them you’re thinking of them?
Put pen to paper
Phone calls are great and all, but they typically devolve into getting the latest updates and awkward timing can make it difficult to convey your real feelings. When is the last time you put a pen to paper and wrote a letter for a loved one? The process of deliberately writing out your feelings can help you also find better ways to express them, which can result in a more heartfelt message.
Send something to make them smile
If you’re not great with words, then there are other ways to make sure that your emotions can get across. A care package of the things they like can be a rather sweet gesture, for instance. You can also order an online flower delivery if they’re fond of greenery. The language of flowers can help you express all manner of emotions when words don’t do the trick.
Treat them to a meal
Even if you can’t personally go and enjoy a meal with your loved one right now, you can, instead, help them go off for one with someone closer to them. For instance, you can look at gift cards to restaurants or cafes where they live. Or, if you do plan on seeing them sometime in the near future, you can send them a gift card with an intention to use it when you can next meet.
Share something with them
Many of us are connected to our friends by shared interests, be it in music, television, books, or otherwise. Sharing those hobbies with them can help to keep that connection strong. You can make a playlist for them, for instance, or send them a book and encourage them to share how they feel about the book once they have read it. It can be a great way to keep a long-distance friendship going strong.
Social media might feel a little impersonal compared to some of the other examples named here, but it’s often a convenient and unexpected way to brighten a friend’s day. Sharing a photo of good times between the two of you, or a meme that reminds you of some experience or inside joke can create a nice, warm feeling in their hearts. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture to make your loved one’s day, after all.
The tips above can help have a soothing impact on a relationship, but it is important to take the time to visit or call them more directly when you have the time, as well. Relationships are like flowers, they have to be watered.