Technology empowers us to share the love despite the unique challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have gone from regularly eating out with July and friends, buying gifts in stores, and doing surprises in-person to tapping and staring at my screen. To say that we are somewhat crippled by the lockdowns and fear of getting sick seems like an understatement. This holds true especially for someone like me whose giving love languages are quality time, physical touch, and acts of service. But as we adjust to the “new normal”, we learn to adapt and share the love with the help of our gadgets. Here are some ways:
Make time for online dates
While nothing replaces the expression of physical touch (hugs, anyone?), video calls make up for quality time with loved ones. Yes, the text messages don’t count because they lack emotions and (seriously) an effort on anyone’s end.
There are many activities that you can do together depending on your shared interests. Want to do a watch party? A tool called Teleplay allows you to sync shows from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Disney on your Chrome browser. Want to discover a new hobby or talent together? Join a live online painting workshop or cooking class. To save up on cost, you can also buy the ingredients and watch a YouTube tutorial together.
Arrange a surprise or party
If you’re the gift-giving kind, the proliferation of online sellers, shopping apps, and delivery services make our lives easier to show our love. A few taps on our phones is all we need to send gifts anytime and anywhere. My sister, who lives in Bulacan, sent our mom a birthday present (a blood pressure monitor) which she bought from Shopee. We also availed of a hyperlocal bike delivery service in Laguna to buy pizza and cake for my brother’s birthday.
Home party packages that replicate the in-person event are now a thing. You can hire someone who will take care of preparing all food and party favors, sending to your guest in advance, and hosting your video call party with activities, or go on the DIY route for a more hands-on experience.
Always be kind and empathic and look out for their wellbeing
Some people may be too busy juggling home and work life while others might still be finding their footing with a job loss or health issue. Whether a loved one is going through a rough time right now or now, remember that it’s the simple things that make the most impact when it comes to acts of service and giving words of affirmation:
- Check-in on their physical/mental health by sincerely asking how they are doing.
- Be willing to lend a listening ear and an open mind for anyone who needs it.
- Offer help to your kids/younger siblings with their studies.
- Take care of their health by preparing meals or giving them a massage.
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