On day 117 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I focused on staying in touch with friends.
Evidently, I’m not the only one who sees the value of taking a break from social media. Every day I meet more and more people who are uninstalling apps or disengaging from it altogether.
So how do you stay in touch with friends who aren’t participating in mainstream social media? You become pen pals, of course.
Staying in touch with friends is important to me, and feeling connected to others – even when we may be thousands of miles apart – is comforting. I genuinely want to know what’s going on in their life.
Nurturing meaningful friendships is a form of self-care.
Yesterday, I rummaged through my stationery collection and sent a note to a dear friend that I made recently. I’m no stranger to letter writing. After all, I spent a year trying to communicate with friends the old-fashioned way when I ditched Facebook myself. Jotting down a few sentences doesn’t take much time at all, but it certainly takes more effort than sending an email or text. That’s what makes it so special.
Back in school, I remember passing notes to friends on a daily basis. Some of them wouldn’t include a signature (for anonymity purposes, of course), but handwriting was easily recognizable among friends. I really miss that, which is why letter writing is such a treat.
How do you stay in touch with friends and family members who don’t engage in social media?