Leaning on Others From Afar and Emotional Wellness

Don't Let Distance Disrupt Emotional Wellness

When we are going through a rough time, not being able to be with people we love can make things feel even more difficult. Whether you’re in a long-distance relationship, spending time apart while one of you recovers from an illness or spending time away from one another for work or school, leaning on others is still possible for emotional wellness.

I hope these ideas for giving and getting support from afar lead to a greater sense of peace and emotional wellness during this difficult time. 

Exchanging Cards and Letters

Writing a card or letter seems like a lost art, but it doesn’t have to be. You can be Pen pals with loved ones if you must remain apart for a while. You could ask one another fun questions, update each other on your thoughts and feelings, write words of encouragement, or send special cards for important days and anniversaries.

Making Phone Calls 

Sometimes, it helps me feel so much better just hearing someone’s voice. When you’re missing someone who’s far away, it’s time to pick up the phone. Text messages are okay for brief hellos and check-ins. But it’s important to make time to talk for a deep dive. Schedule regular phone calls with one another to check in, so you can lift each other up.

Starting a Book or Movie Club 

It’s good to remember that, even though we may not be able to be near people we love, we can still have fun together. If you need ideas, try starting a book or movie club together. Read a book you’ve been wanting to tackle together and share your thoughts on a call. Or watch your favorite movies and shows on a streaming service at the same time, then discuss it. You might learn something new about someone you’ve known for years just by exploring things you enjoy together.

Praying Together

We all need spiritual encouragement throughout the ups and downs of life. Asking someone to pray for you can help bolster your faith. Praying for your friends and loved ones can be a great reminder of how grateful you are for them. People we love are wonderful reminders of God’s love, and His love doesn’t go away when we have to spend time apart. 

Getting Support by Video

I really enjoy video calling when I have to be apart from friends and family who support me. Video calls give you the reassurance of hearing their voice, and the added joy of seeing their face. You can do video calls easily with your phone or computer, and there are plenty of free options you can use that still have great video quality.

Sometimes the strain of being apart can drain us, even when we are turning to one another for help. In those times, there is still hope. TheHopeLine offers online mentoring via chat and email to help with the loneliness that comes from having to remain apart. Talk to a HopeCoach today about how you’re feeling, who you’re leaning on for support, how you can encourage them, and what you can do to lessen some of the feelings of isolation. We are here for you, and we can get through this together. 

Dawson McAllister
Dawson McAllister, also known as America's youth pastor, was an author, radio host, speaker, and founder of TheHopeLine. McAllister attended Bethel College in Minnesota for undergraduate work where he graduated in 1968, began graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology in California, and received an honorary doctorate from Biola University.
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