Wherever you are in Australia right now, whoever you’re with and whatever you’re doing, the topic of COVID-19 is never far away…nor the uncertainty about its impact on every aspect of our life. Pretty much every COVID conversation has the potential to trigger stress, making differences of opinion become more heightened, with a potential to polarise friends and family…and open the door to loneliness and isolation.
So how do we continue to love and respect people whose values have become fundamentally opposed to ours? How do we tolerate different points of view?
We set boundaries…
Change the topic if the conversation doesn’t enhance your connection, and talk about the things that do – family, passions, memories, friends…whatever you have in common.
Setting boundaries is self-care on at least two levels. First, minimising stress and second, staying connected – to ensure our friendships and relationships endure far beyond COVID-19.
How is COVID affecting your friendships? Do you have other tips for maintaining certainty in your relationships? We’d love to hear from you. 🌸