Today is Friendship Day and every friend is necessary. But this year, the day of friendship has come at the most difficult time. In this case, taking care of your friend is more important than celebrating this day.
Relationship Experts and Psychologist Doctor Nisha Khanna says that there is a famous line in English- ‘A friend in need is a friend in indeed’. That is, ‘true friend is the one who helps you when you need them’. Therefore, true friendship is very important in every human life.
But during the of pandemic, it is not necessary that we celebrate Friendship Day physically with each other. This time Friendship Day needs to be celebrated mentally. We can give a gift to a friend, which will make them mentally strong and also reduce stress.
Through these 5 things can Reduce Friend’s Stress
Dr. Nisha says that we can provide a friend with emphatic air, that is, we should listen to the friend more and more so that they can tell you about themselves, because the last four months have been very stressful and stress can also be reduced by listening to someone.
We can share old memory with a friend. Refreshing old memories makes one feel better and also reduces stress. Can share old photos and videos with friend.
Can make a friend feel special. Can praise him/her. You can talk about friend’s goodness on phone or video calls. So that it will make them feel positive. You can also write something good for them.
One can do comedy, jokes and fun with friends, so that it feels lighter. You can also pull their legs, but it should not be personal at all.
If your friend has been living alone for a long time, then you can cook something good for them. You can also order some food for them.
Take Care of Social Distancing and do not Forget to Wear Masks
Health experts advise friends not to meet each other at this time. It is said that phone calls, text messages, social media and video conferencing are the right way to keep friends together. You can also surprise a friend after a long time, but take care of social distancing and wear a mask.
Talk According to Friend’s Mood
Dr. Nisha says that we should always talk according to the mood of the friend. If your friend does not want to talk personal things, do not do it at all. If they wants to talk about the light mood, then do the same. Pay attention to friend’s words. They should not feel that you are not listening to their words. Avoid commentary and do not ignore the friend. Respect them as well.
If the friend is sensitive and emotional, then try to understand it as well. It is not necessary that every friend of yours is the same or similar to you. When loneliness destroys psychological resources, people tend to move on to older relationships. By the way, the pandemic has redefined the meaning of friendship. Fearing Corona, friends have either drifted too far or are trying to get close again. Research suggests that due to corona, there has been a trend of increasing close friendships among old friends.
Even though we are surrounded with crowd of people today, we still feel alone. When loneliness destroys our psychological resources, we cannot think clearly. In such a situation, we are more attracted to old relationships.
According to studies – when we know about the death, we want to bring friends more closer. In these circumstances, there is no fear of rejection. Relaxation may be one of the reasons behind resuming old relationships.
Research suggests that friendship fundamentally changes the way we handle stress. According to psychologist and relationship expert doctor Marissa Franco, when you feel stressed and talk to your friend, all of a sudden you don’t feel stressful.
Research shows that most friends forgive each-other when they find out that their partner’s intentions are true. If you want to help your friends, be clear on how you will help.
Don’t Expect a Friend to make you Happy
Clinical social worker and therapist Monica Jurado explains that it will not be helpful to pressurize an old friend or demand anything. It would be better to think about what you can give them. It should not be that your friend makes you happy. Especially when you haven’t talked in a long time.
If you want to Apologize, Direct Message them
Doctor Franco recommends to reminisce with an old friend. You can talk about memories spent together. This will bring you closer in the relationship and will help you in handling stress. Experts agree that a direct message or email on social media is a good solution if you want to apologize.
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