Thursday, 31 October 2019

How to Build Resilient Relationships in a World of Toxic Negativity

Form relationships based on character and personality rather than skin colour, 
background, age, gender, wealth or level of education. 

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Did your relationships languish during the COVID-19 lockdown? Me too! Trying to maintain friendships by Zoom or Facetime only went so far.

We've 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 have 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. 

"What can I do?" people asked. When the answer to that question was limited by the protocols of a COVID world, it was easy to answer, "Obviously, nothing!"  

WRONG! Some of the challenges to your mental state may require professional intervention. But for some, engaging with other humans may be the starting point to their post COVID survival and eventual recovery. 

There are plenty of ways to maintain current relationships, revitalize old ones, and form new ones. Begin by creating a list of reasons why someone else would be friends with you? What value can you bring to a relationship?