Birthday Videos, Texts, and Care Packages

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With everything that has been going on this past year, it is important to show your friends and family that you care for them. One way I express my appreciation is by creating birthday videos for my loved ones. I ask the person’s friends and family to send me a 30-second clip of them wishing the person happy birthday and saying what they love most about them. I compile all the videos together, add music, and include any fun pictures or videos I have with that person. This is a simple but memorable birthday present I love to give my friends to show them how much they mean to me and others around them.

Another way to express your love is by checking up on your friends. I love waking up to my friends texting me good morning or just asking me how I’m doing. A lot of people are struggling with their mental health due to everything that occurred with Covid-19, so it is important to check up on your loved ones. This could be giving a phone call to someone you haven’t talked to in a while or just asking your friends and family how they are feeling and letting them know that you are always there for them. Simple gestures like this are the most meaningful and truly show that you care.

Lastly, for your friends and family that you do not see as often, you can send care packages to let them know that you are thinking about them. These can be simple, from face masks to a good book to some of their favorite snacks. I once got a care package from my cousin in New York, filled with skincare items and two of her favorite movies. It made me happy to know that she was thinking about me and reminded me that even though we live far from each other, we will still always stay in touch.