Catching up with family and close friends – your mental health
Our fourth and final feature in collaboration with RAMH looks at re-connecting with the people closest to you.
Catching up with family and close friends will be an important part of self-care for many as we start to be able to physically ‘meet up’. Even for those who have been able to keep in touch via Zoom actually meeting up in person might feel challenging. It is ok to feel nervous about how you will feel or be when you get together with people you care for and who you haven’t seen in a while.
- Meeting outdoors reduces the risks around covid so it might be a good idea to suggest a BBQ in the garden, or choose a restaurant with outdoor space, or organise a picnic at a local park.
- Be honest – it’s ok to let people know your preference about mask wearing, vaccinations, hugging. But be respectful too.
- As the Scouts say –‘ be prepared’ Take tissues, you might get teary.
- Give yourself time. You might find that you’re overwhelmed by your feelings on meeting up with loved ones. That’s to be expected. It’s been a tough year.
- Let your loved ones and close friends know how you’re feeling.
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