Welcome to part 2 in our Seeds of Sanity series. Catch up and see everything here.
These are dreary days we’ve been having both emotionally and literally at least here in Indiana. It’s so easy to get caught up in self pity, and I’ve even caught myself being pretty self focused and down in the dumps over the last few days.
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That’s not to say that your concerns, fears, and frustrations are invalid. They are real and the fact that you are feeling those things isn’t wrong. But dwelling on how you’re stuck inside, your favorite activities are cancelled, or how the store was out of eggs so now you’re having yogurt for breakfast is only going to make you feel worse long term.
When you reach out and love others you’ll find yourself feeling better too. But remember, the positive feelings come only after you’ve started to forget about yourself and think about your neighbor, so don’t give up five minutes in if you’re not feeling better yet!
Below are ways to live out the Five Love Languages while social distancing. (And if you don’t know what the Five Love Languages are, you can read about them here) I’ll recommend some practical ways you can shower some love in the coming days and also a few products and services you can try. This post contains affiliate links which simply means I get a small percentage if you purchase – no sponsorships, just real opinions and discounts! You can get a free printable download of these ideas by clicking below.
Words of Affirmation
So many are facing a lot of uncertainty right now and reassurance and kind words are vitally important especially to your friends who feel most loved by words of affirmation. Here are a few texts you can send to a friend who needs a little pick me up.
- “Just thinking of you today and said a prayer for God to give you peace in all this uncertainty!”
- “You are such a blessing to me and I can’t wait to see your bright smile again, hopefully soon! Stay safe and healthy in the meantime.”
- “Is everyone in your family doing okay? Praying we all stay healthy and calm in all the upheaval!”
For your friends who love receiving gifts, a little pick me up would sure brighten their day right now. Here are a few ideas of things you could send them.
- A gift card to a food delivery service such as Doordash.
- An indoor activity off of Amazon (ex. Adult Coloring Book & Markers, a new book, a nail polish kit, a craft kit)
- Disney+ streaming service (click here for instructions on how to gift an annual subscription, or just Apply Pay the friend you want to gift $6.99 and tell them to apply it towards a subscription)
This is the hardest love language to live out when social distancing because, of course, social distancing by definition means no physical contact. There are still ways you can make your loved ones feel loved without being able to hug and kiss them like normal.
- Keep hugging the people in your home even if you aren’t normally a touchy family. Everyone is feeling afraid and an extra hug can go a long way.
- Tell loved ones that you can’t see that you can’t wait to hug them again. Talking about physical touch may sound odd, but it makes them feel like you want to touch them, and that goes a long way.
- Send a gift like fuzzy socks or a warm blanket off Amazon with a note that says “Something to keep you warm and snug until I can hug you again!”
Everyone feels a little lonely while social distancing but those who feel most loved by quality time feel that most acutely. Here are ways to give friends and family the time and attention they’re craving no matter where you’re located.
- Use Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to video call, and try to plan activities for when you call like virtually eating dinner together, doing an at home workout, or studying a chapter from the Bible.
- Play games online together. You can play Ticket to Ride here or Dominion here.
- Set a time with a friend to go on a walk and call each other. The exercise and fresh air alone can be a great help, and knowing someone else is doing it with you is special.
Acts of Service
Practicing acts of service is the best way to apply the concept of “getting your mind off yourself and onto others”, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to serve even when you want to. Here are a few ideas for you.
- Offer to go to the grocery store/pick up prescriptions for at-risk friends and leave the bags on their porch for them.
- Gift a meal prep subscription such as Every Plate.
- If you have friends with kids who are in eLearning, offer to tutor over Skype or Zoom to give their parents a break.
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Hopefully these ideas help you brighten other’s days! Stay safe and healthy everyone, and don’t forget to grab your free printable! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the series here.