Thursday, 31 October 2019

How to Build Resilient Relationships in a World of Toxic Negativity

Forming relationships should be based on character, personality and common
interests. Not on skin colour, country, age, gender, wealth or level of education. 

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Did your relationships languish during COVID-19? Me too! Maintaining friendships by Zoom or Facetime only went so far.

We learned that forming relationships is one thing. Maintaining and developing them is another.

It takes thoughtful action guided by genuine caring to form life-long friendships. One of the greatest challenges to maintaining strong relationships during the pandemic was the mental state you were in. 

Being confined to your house and not allowed to go out took a toll. Addictions soared and the dark cloud of depression settled on many. Some gave up.  

Meeting together in Zoomland didn't cut it. It was better than nothing but not by much. We heard the term Zoom fatigue as video conferences became boring and predictable. 

When restrictions were lifted, I found it exhilarating to have in-person conversations. In fact, I found that I often talked too much. Engaging with other humans was the starting point my post-COVID recovery. 

It caused me to think of friendships in a new way. There are plenty of ways to maintain current friendships, revitalize old ones, and form new ones. 

Begin with a self-assessment by creating a list of reasons why others would want to be friends with you? What value can you bring to a relationship?