If you have grandchildren, this year may have affected the amount of time you’re able to spend with them. A study by GrandkidsMatter reports that while some grandparents have experienced a better relationship with their grandkids throughout the pandemic, some grandparents are experiencing a weaker relationship. Sadly, weaker relationships can also lead to negative symptoms such as depression and loneliness. So what can you do to counteract those feelings even if you aren’t getting as much quality time with your grandchildren?
The solution requires some creative thinking. If you live closeby, you may still be able to spend some quality time “together.” Even an outdoor visit where you stay at least six feet apart is better than nothing.
Of course, it can be difficult to talk to one another this way. If an outdoor visit isn’t possible, there are plenty of ways to set up calls online these days. There are always good old-fashioned phone calls, but there are also other ways to stay in touch. For example, if you and your loved ones have Apple products, you can Facetime. But if you don’t, that’s okay too. There are tons of free alternatives like Google Duo, Zoom, and Skype.
It may be easier and more comfortable to do calls this way, especially as the weather gets colder. Plus, you may be able to play with your grandchildren or help them with homework if they’re still school-age. If they aren’t school age, you can still enjoy conversation about their day or their work.
Another activity you could try would be to watch a movie together through online streaming services. Disney Plus and Hulu both offer options where two households can watch movies and shows simultaneously.
Though the coronavirus pandemic certainly isn’t ideal, it’s important to remember it won’t last forever. It’s also important to remember that there are still ways to make quality memories, even from a distance. If you find yourself with too much time on your hands, why not consider taking up a hobby? You could also try to add in a spontaneous activity to your day to keep from dwelling on things you’re missing.