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As part of our ongoing efforts to support the health and well-being of our haumāna, the Kamehameha Schools Mālama Ola Division presents the Mālama Ola Minute series. In this month's edition, we want to provide you with strategies for nurturing connections during tough times, and how to stay close with friends and family.

Mālama Ola Minute - Nurturing connections during tough times: A guide to staying close

Oct. 2, 2023

In challenging times, maintaining connections with loved ones, be it family or friends, becomes an essential source of comfort and support. Whether dealing with distance, personal struggles, or global crises, staying connected can be a powerful way to navigate through difficulties together. Here are some practical tips to help you foster and strengthen these connections.

Virtual Gatherings

Leverage technology to bridge physical gaps. Platforms like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime offer the chance to see and hear your loved ones, making conversations more personal. Organize virtual get-togethers, whether it's a simple catch-up or a themed party. Sharing experiences online can make you feel closer despite the miles between you.

Open and Honest Communication

During tough times, it's important to share your feelings. Be open about your struggles and lend a listening ear to others. Honest conversations not only create a deeper bond but also provide an avenue for emotional release and understanding.

Sending Care Packages

A thoughtful care package can brighten someone's day. Fill it with personalized items – handwritten notes, their favorite treats, or a comforting book. A tangible reminder of your love can make a significant impact during difficult periods.

Shared Activities 

Despite physical separation, you can still engage in activities together. Watch the same movie or TV show, read the same book, or even cook the same recipe while video chatting. This creates a sense of togetherness and shared experiences.

Counseling and Therapy Services

Sometimes, we or members of our ʻohana need a little bit more support. Hawaiʻi CARES 988 is a free 24/7 call center, chat and text service that connects individuals to crisis support, substance use, mental health, and other behavioral health services throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. A Hawaiʻi CARES counselor can help you with resources and services that cater to your specific needs.  

Mindfulness and Wellness Apps

Apps like Headspace, Calm, or Simple Habit offer guided meditation and stress relief techniques. Sharing these resources with your loved ones can encourage a collective focus on mental and emotional well-being. 

In challenging times, nurturing relationships is like tending to a loʻi – it requires care, attention, and effort. These tips, along with the mentioned websites, can serve as guiding lights, helping you stay connected, supportive, and close even when life takes unexpected turns. Remember, together, we can weather any storm.

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