Of course, the struggle now is that, thanks to COVID-19, many of us are missing out on much of this:
“However, the truth is, the quality of our relationships deeply affects us. What everyone needs to remember, not just those with mental illness, is that:
- We can benefit immensely from cultivating our social life.
- We all need the healing validation of our friends and family.
- Even little incidental interactions can bolster us if they are positive.”
I can’t remember the last time I had many of those little incidental interactions. Once upon a time they were frequent, multiple times a day. Now?
Yeah, not as much. which is why we need to try and create some of these interactions, even if they can’t always be in person. A few texts back and forth, a quick call, a chat with coworkers on our messaging platform, laughter with the people you do see, etc.
I miss the interactions I used to have, there’s no doubt about that, but I am trying, not always successfully, to make sure I still manage to create some. I know how vital that connectedness is for my own mental health.
I also know I’m not alone in that.