5 Simple Practices to Restart Your Pandemic-laden Relationships With Friends and Colleagues

Dr. Kevin Gazzara

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Let’s be honest, 2020–21 were not great years for us to stay connected with all of our friends and colleagues. Friendship is a major part of our lives. We can’t thrive without our friends and every one of the memories we share together. Use these 5 simple practices as a self-evaluation checklist to grade yourself on your relationship proficiency.

Our friends are the people we run to once we have good news or need a shoulder to cry on. At the same time, they’re also some of the people we can take for granted most in our lives. If your friendships appear to be in troubled waters, here are five great practices to help you get them reinvigorated.
In this hi-tech day and age, we’re all busy doing our thing and living our lives. But that shouldn’t mean you allow your friendships and colleague relationships to deteriorate. You’ll be sorry when you truly need them.

There are many approaches you can do to remain close to your friends despite your busy work/family schedule. After all, it was Honest Abe who said, “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” We understand much your friendships mean to you. So, I am proposing five simple practices to restart any of your waning relationships with friends. Pick the one or ones that you know will resonate best with them. When in doubt, any one of them will be better than doing nothing.

The 5 Simple Practices

  1. Keep in Touch

Every friendship is different. Some friends you’ll see weekly, while you’ll only catch up with other friends every other month. Nothing is quite as great as spending some quality time together with your friends. However, it’s not always easy to schedule frequent get-togethers. Luckily, there are ways to keep the friendship strong in the meantime.

Simple things like dropping a 30-second text with a “how’s your day going?” or a smiley emoji. Then, several days later, once you have time, send an email asking them about their week. Entice them to respond. Technology may have its drawbacks. But when it involves keeping people connecting, it does a reasonably good job.

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Dr. Kevin Gazzara

CEO of Magna Leadership Solutions, Certified Positive Intelligence Coach, Management Expert, Professor, Speaker, and Author. Contact: Kevin@Magnaleadership.com