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5 Ways I am cheering female friends up

Everyone has had a tough time since the global pandemic hit. I have female friends who have lost loved ones, had relationship breakdowns and struggled with menopausal issues. Too many of us have found ourselves separated from those we love and rely on most. I am aware that I have had a huge focus on my own struggles in recent months so am now sharing 5 ways I am cheering female friends up as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

House-hunting

I have a couple of friends who are house-hunting. It’s a family joke that I am always on estate agent sites like Agave Sotheby’s International Realty and Righmove even when I don’t actually plan to move anytime soon. I just love looking at properties and potential futures. So one ofmy friends has indicated her budget and preferred locations and I am helping her search. With a bit of luck, I will also go round properties with her.

Adding the finishing touches

Another friend is heading to Scotland to fulfill her dream of living on a Hebridean island. She is thinking of doing holiday lets so I pointed her to this website which is like a one-stop for rugs, artwork, furniture and more lovely items that would really furnish a holiday let in the most superb way.

Gifts through the post

I love surprising female friends with gifts through the post. I recently sent a treats box including a candle, a journal and foodie treats to a friend who is going through a challenging time right now. I will be putting a very special one together for a friend who has offered me so much personal support this year shortly. I also love the idea of subscription boxes and regular flower deliveries. It’s so important to let our female friends know we are thinking of them. Something arriving through the post out of the blue brings smiles to faces.

Making time

It’s important to make time to actually see female friends. Over the years I focused so much on my husband and children that my female friendships got neglected. It feels like I am starting all over again in that regard. Fortunately, people from my past are forgiving and welcoming. However, as I try to sort my life out after the huge upheaval of the last year and fresh ones ahead, I know it will be all too easy to put off proposed meetings with female friends. I resolve to make the time to see them whatever is going on in my own life.

Online support

On the occasions where we can’t meet in person due to financial constraints or distance, there is a lot of emotional support and fun I can offer online.  Rather than just scrolling through Facebook and Twitter, it is time to stop and actually connect with my female friends.

You can learn more about helping your friends as we enter the new normal.

 

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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