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How To Communicate With Friends

By: Fay Li

It’s easy to feel lonely and sad during this uncertain time, especially since the only interactions daily are with parents or siblings. I have found it especially challenging to keep a positive headspace since I am an only child and the only other people in the house are my parents. This often leads to staying in my room on my computer browsing some illegal pirating website for old movies for hours with no end in sight. I try my best to not let that happen. I have a groupchat with a close group of friends and we often text and send funny videos to each other. Texting takes up the majority of my time, but I also try to weave in a group facetime once in a while to get some face to face interaction. 

There is one other form of communication that I have recently taken up. Writing letters: with pen, paper, an envelope and stamp. This unusual form of communication has allowed me to have a relaxing experience of decorating the letters and giving my friends a thoughtful gift that they can enjoy. Sitting down and actually writing a letter without the help of emojis and GIFs to convey my emotions forces me to really calm down and think about what to write and not only produces a better piece of writing but also allows me to comb through my thoughts and really reflect on the recent events. Although it might sound daunting to actually get out a piece of paper and write with your hands, trust me, it’s worth it. Start by just writing “hey” and “how are you doing” to check up on your friend and the thoughts just pour out from there. 

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