You've got a friend in me: supporting yourself and others

• There are so many apps out there that allow you to video chat and hang out with lots of people that you can’t see in person.

• Watch a movie together via a watch-party programme such as Netflix watch party.

• Hold a live video performance of your musical talents, or better yet, hold a virtual musical performance with your friends.

• Hold a class, teaching your friends some of your skills or knowledge such as baking or drawing.

• If you like to party, there are apps such as House Party and other video conferencing apps where you can party with people even if you aren’t in the same place. • Share seeds and plant cuttings. We can’t buy plants right now so share what you have.

• Make things for your friends’ things that come from the heart – this can mean more than just buying someone something.

• Call that person you have been meaning to talk to but didn’t have the time to.

• Call your relatives, friends and family - catch ups can be really valuable.

• Share playlists of music.

• If all else fails, there is also the good old-fashioned letter.

Something so simple and forgotten during this age of technology is so valuable when you can’t see each other. I have moved back to my parents. I am 23 it’s hard as at times I feel like I have lost my independence in some ways and gained it in others. There is a lack of space, and an inability to travel anywhere else except within the village I live in. We are all stressed with the uncertainty of this time and living in a more confined space than we are used to. We just have to be patient with each other and allow each other to have space where we can. It’s just about rethinking what we would usually do and adapting our daily activities to the current situation.

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