Being able to spend time with loved ones is something many of us took for granted until a couple of months ago. The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives, and meant separation from family and friends for so many. But there are ways to show those special people that you’re thinking of them. These acts of lockdown kindness will help to keep you connected with loves ones from afar.
Everyone loves receiving flowers don’t they? Especially when they arrive completely out of the blue. Seeing a beautiful bouquet of flowers every time you walk into a room and breathing in the delicious scent cheers me up immensely. It also helps to bring the outside world indoors and keeps us in touch with nature. My mum and mother-in-law were delighted with their rainbow lily bouquets from Moonpig. Hearing how happy they were to receive them made me happy too 🙂 And I received a beautiful bouquet of peonies which started to bloom the moment I took them out of the box. They’ve brought my living room to life!
Technology is helping us to stay connected more than ever now (I’d never even heard of Zoom until recently!). Admittedly, it’s not the same as being with loved ones in person, but seeing faces instead of just hearing a voice is so important.
Of course not everyone is confident with this type of technology. I bought my mum a smartphone, but not being there to show her how to use it has meant talking her through it blind over the phone. The good news is that she’s now getting used to Facebook so can keep up to date with family near and far. I just wish I’d got her the phone and showed her how to use it before the pandemic. Oh well, hindsight is a wonderful thing! We’ve got my mother-in-law on Whatsapp too and she’s keeping in touch with friends and family while isolating. (This BBC guide to making video calls is very useful for anyone needing help.)
As my mum isn’t confident yet in shopping online, I’ve been ordering her beauty essentials for her. Choosing a hair dye was the most difficult thing because she hasn’t used a home dye in years! I’ve been determined not to let my beauty routine slip during lockdown; I think it’s very beneficial to our sense of wellbeing and confidence. (I’ve even tried some new home treatments which I’ll be sharing with you soon). Eventually, I managed to find a dye for both my mum and my mother-in-law and have them delivered. (It wasn’t easy though – it seemed people were stockpiling certain beauty items as much as toilet roll at the start of lockdown!) Things like skincare, makeup and haircare may not be considered as essential but I think life would be very dull without them.
Connecting with loved ones doesn’t all have to be focussed on technology. Sending letters, photos and pictures from younger family members means a lot. Writing a letter or card takes more time and thought than a text, and it’s nice to have something physical to keep.
Thanks to apps like Zoom we can now have virtual get togethers and pub nights. You could arrange a weekly quiz night with friends and family, taking it in turns to be the host and question setter. Prizes are optional, depending on how generous you’re feeling!
Although you can’t be physically together, there are still activties you can share. You could read the same books/watch the same films and meet up virtually to discuss them. Or you could try crafting projects such as knitting and sewing. If you’re feeling energetic, you could work out to the same YouTube videos and share your progress. Doing something meaningful together while remaining apart can help to keep you involved in each other’s lives.
Of course, nobody knows when we’ll actually be able to do the things that we have been so looking forward to with our favourite people. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t start making plans now. Make a bucket list of places to go and fun activities that you can do together when the restrictions are lifted. And remember that this won’t last forever!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Moonpig. All words and opinions are my own.