History shows that we will always find a way to communicate with others; from the earliest days of smoke signals to the inventive tap-tap of Morse code.
So why is it so vital to share thoughts and feelings with people in our selected groups and communities? Being able to talk about challenges and triumphs can inspire others and in turn benefit ourselves. Expressing our empathy for other people’s experiences is rewarding and can create a circle of mutual support.
The ability to continue to chat and ask questions grows in significance as going to external events and attending support groups is currently so limited.
Trying to maintain health and achieve better outcomes has been a driving force for many in lockdown. The NHS diabetes prevention programme adapted its delivery and moved group sessions online to create regular opportunities for group members to connect with each other and make new friends.
Keeping the momentum going: “During lockdown the group meetings became virtual get-togethers, which was really useful. The online contact enabled us to ask questions and keep our momentum going.”
Finding relief in maintaining contact: “During the pandemic, the remote sessions have meant we can still discuss the best food choices available right now and how to exercise safely. It’s been a relief to be able to maintain the sessions during such a scary, changeable time.”
Making new friends: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme, both face to face and virtually. Both settings created a group feeling and positively encouraged change. It’s not just the health benefits; it’s worth doing just to make new friends.”