I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s tip is to contact a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.
When the pandemic hit, and we locked down travel and most interactions, I felt isolated. I started these tips back in March. I can’t believe I’m still doing these after 4 months. I also cam surprised how much they help me.
One of the ideas I had early on in March was to reach out to friends that I expected to see, but was suddenly separated from. I had it a point to reach out to 2-3 people every couple days and check on them. I picked up my phone, or Facebook, or email, and randomly hit a letter. I then picked a person and sent a “I’m fine, how are you doing” message. I was surprised how often this led to a 3-4 message exchange, taking up a few minutes of our day, before we both moved on.
I still do that, albeit a bit less, but I’m randomly checking on people, especially a few people that I know have had some difficulties and are struggling. I’d encourage you to do the same.