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Four Questions for Friendship Talk: How are you affected by COVID-19?

I have found in my small bubble that people want to talk COVID-19, restrictions, health and economic issues and I understand the reason why… but it feels like the same conversation with a different slant because everyone has their opinion or subjective reality and this often depends on how adversely affected they are.

I started asking people to be real and asked the following questions, so I could really see how people (friends, family and work colleagues) were really managing instead of them saying “we are fine”… I have shared the four friendship questions I am asking of people:

Four Questions for Friendship Talk:

  1. What have you found the hardest in this crisis?
  2. What have you found as a positive in the current climate?
  3. Have you learnt something about yourself that surprised you?
  4. What are you most looking forward to once restrictions are lifted?

We have asked our children the same questions… and the responses were heartwarming as they are really looking forward to family get togethers and our next Australian family holiday together – we thought they would say seeing their friends or sport!

So how are you? If you are too busy to answer no pressure, but we’re here to listen to your responses if you can…

Take care and be safe, and be kind to those closest to you.

Robyn Donnelly
Coordinator – Marriage and Relationship Education CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning
MAREAA Membership Coordinator, NSW State Representative
Email Robyn.Donnelly@mn.catholic.org.au

Read on for various resources to assist you at this time. Finally, please let us know how you are going in these challenging times. 

For more information on the virus and the steps that can be taken to minimise its impact, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Marriage and Relationship Education is a learning opportunity, much like you would do in any other important life event. Check out the video for couples on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xyuUl-JnIhM.

Tune in next week for more discussion about relationships and mental health. 

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