How to cheer up your loved ones from a distance

Spend a little time letting the people you love know you're thinking of them. Image: vicky leta / mashable By Rachel Thompson2020-04-24 12:14:52 UTC Being away from the people we love is hard. Particularly during a time when you are most in...

How to cheer up your loved ones from a distance
Spend a little time letting the people you love know you're thinking of them.
Spend a little time letting the people you love know you're thinking of them.
Image: vicky leta / mashable

Being away from the people we love is hard. Particularly during a time when you are most in need of comfort and support.

While we can't hug all of our loved ones, curl up with them, or even share a cup of tea over the kitchen table, there are things we can do to cheer them up, and show them we care. 

Oh, what I would give to just go out for coffee with my closest friends. I want to envelope my two cousins into the most almighty hug. I want to stand on a sunny street corner outside a pub and drink a lukewarm gin and tonic with my mates. I miss simple pleasures like popping over to a friends' house on a 'school night' to order a takeaway and watch trash TV.

I can't do any of those things right now. None of us can. But there are creative ways we can show our love and support for our nearest and dearest ones during this challenging time. 

I asked the good people of Twitter the creative ways they were sending love to friends and family while in lockdown. Their responses were full of beautiful, moving, kind gestures that are absolutely guaranteed to bring a smile to people's faces. 

Some are sending care packages of people's favourite treats, others are embracing the good old fashioned art of writing a letter. And some are even cycling past a loved one's house and asking them to come to the window to wave. 

Here are just a few thoughtful suggestions for bringing a smile to your loved ones faces right now.  

Send a care package

If your loved one lives some distance away from you, sending them a care package is a really nice gesture that'll almost certainly bring joy. My relatives live in Northern Ireland, so my mum and I sent biscuits and tea from Whittard to my two aunts who are both self-isolating as they're in the at-risk category. 

Sasha Wilkins told me she sends her mother a care package once a week packed with little jars of jam, hand cream, and her favourite fruit pastilles. "Stocked up before the lockdown so that I would have enough supplies for two months. I’m also sending cards to friends and family all over the world in the post," she said. 

If you want someone else to organise the logistics for you while you just pick the goodies, online retailers like Discover Delicious, Borough Box, and Izzy Bee let you choose and purchase a care package for loved ones. 

Leave baked goods on their doorstep 

I really love this idea from Jodie Goodacre. She's been stress-baking and leaving parcels of baked goods on the doorsteps of neighbours, friends, and family. 

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