Friends, this is not going to be a post about how I am going to try something new or how I am going to reframe some negative thinking I have. Though both of these are good to remember to do.
Today, I just need to make a request.
Please check in with your people.
Please check in with the ones who you know are struggling. They need to know they are not alone.
Please check in with the ones who are isolated or living alone. We all need to feel connected, and during the pandemic, feelings of loneliness have become amplified.
Please check in with your friends who are parenting while working from home, or schooling from home, or both. Parenting, working, and teaching are three separate jobs and your friend may be doing the job of three people. They are burning out. Please check in with them.
Please check in with the strong ones. The ones who are always there for others. Please check in with your people who work in helping professions, who must often set aside their own pain, their own feelings of anger or pain or fear that so many of us are feeling during this pandemic, in order to hold space for others’ pain.
Please check in with the ones who seem to be handling everything really well. Some of us are really good at masking how we really feel because we don’t want to make others uncomfortable.
Just check in with your people. Like we did when all this started. We still need each other. We still need connection.
And please, if someone calls or texts you to check in, be honest about how you are doing. Appreciate the ones who take the time and the care to check in with you.
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay connected.