Thursday, 31 October 2019

Building 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

Are your relationships languishing due to COVID-19? 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 is the mental state you are in. 

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

Meeting in Zoomland doesn't cut it. It's better than nothing but not by much. We hear the term Zoom fatigue as video conferences have become boring and predictable. 

"What can I do?" people ask. When the answer to that question is limited by the protocols of a COVID world, it's 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 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?