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Episode Info: Hello there lovelies! I hope you’re doing well these days. Can you believe we’re already half-way through July? The summer’s in full swing, but it definitely hasn’t been the average one. Personally, I’ve been itching for a relaxing getaway these past few months – but it wasn’t meant to be this year. So instead, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible in my favorite local parks and gardens. Even though I can’t get away, it’s a blessing being able to soak up the serenity and beauty easily accessible to me.  Something else that’s helping me make the most of this unusual summer has been maintaining my sense of community and connection. Practicing social distancing has changed a lot about my daily choices and interactions… Particularly while navigating through pregnancy. It’s been tough adjusting to not seeing close family and friends the way that I’m used to. So finding new ways to stay connected has been crucial these last few months.  Our relationships play a vital role in both our mental and physical well-being. In fact, research shows that a good relationship is a bigger predictor of our longevity than obesity or smoking. So maintaining healthy ones is really important. But, of course, this can get complicated to manage during seasons of change and unexpected circumstances.  If you’ve been having a hard time keeping meaningful connections over these past several months, you’re not alone. We’re all still figuring out how to adjust to this new, and constantly changing, reality of life in the midst of a pandemic.  So for today’s post, I wanted to share a few tips that are helping me stay connected with family and friends in a healthy way these days. Below are 4 relationship habits that I’m trying to practice even more than usual lately. If you could use some ideas or inspiration in this arena, definitely keep on reading!  1. Set boundaries that feel right for you. During particularly stressful periods, our energy and capacity to hold space for others often changes. So even though you’re probably at home more than usual lately, keeping in touch with people can still feel quite overwhelming.  Think about the types of interactions that you’re craving right now. What’s the most meaningful way you can connect with someone else today? Once you have an idea of this, you can focus on setting up plans that you’re actually up and available for.  A few things to consider when coming up with meaningful ways to connect are: the amount of time and energy that you actually have right now as well as what feels like a safe and comfortable way to do so. If you don’t have the energy to chat for 2 hours, let the other person know you can do a 30 minute (or shorter) conversation instead. If you’re not ready to try meeting up in person, let them know that you’re not up for that yet – but you’re happy to have a virtual coffee date.  Whatever boundaries you decide to set, remember to stick with them. Th...
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