How Nightly Video Chats Have Helped My Anxiety
These are times like no other. Sleepless nights thinking about what the world is enduring can take a toll on your mental health. With Coronavirus — and the thousands of deaths it has caused — and police brutality being the only events seen on and offline, I make sure to leave a small space for positivity to ease my anxiety. My close friends are the reason why I have been able to get through these dark moments, and through video platforms, like FaceTime, we have been able to make our friendship even closer.
Before the pandemic, my friends and I had the type of friendship where we didn’t have to talk everyday to know that we were still friends. We were all in school or working, and would be too busy to see each other often, but we always made sure to plan outings or text each other throughout the week. Once social-distancing regulations went into effect, we all transitioned to a work-from-home routine, and had more time to talk via video throughout the day.
I didn’t know how much I needed my friends until the night time, when my anxiety would get worse and I would have trouble sleeping. My friends, who were also experiencing the same feelings, planned nightly video calls so that, before going to bed, we would all feel more relaxed.
We virtually watched Netflix movies together, would spend hours laughing and reminiscing about high school moments, and would plan the next vacation we were all going to take when things got better. Although COVID-19 has kept us from seeing each other, knowing that we can still share laughs and moments virtually gives me something sweet to look forward to everyday — and night.