With COVID-19 restrictions and not being able to see friends, this is a great opportunity for you or your kids to practice empathy. This activity helps you focus on self-image and communication by practicing empathy.
Empathy is being able to sense other people's emotions and imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It’s being able to walk in someone else’s shoes.
- Smartphone, tablet or laptop with a camera and microphone
- Video conferencing app (e.g. Skype, Zoom or Facetime)
Connect with one or more friends on a video conferencing platform and talk about how you are doing.
Ask your friends what has been difficult for them over the past few weeks. Ask what’s been going well for them. Think about these tips while you are talking:
- Be a good listener.
- Don’t react by giving your opinion.
- Acknowledge their feelings. (It sounds like you are bored because there is nothing to do.)
- Get feedback, ask open ended questions. (How did that make you feel?)
- Be supportive - you don’t need to have the answers.
- Use encouraging words instead of criticizing. (I’m here for you, and we will get through this together.)
- Thank them for opening up to you.
- Using empathy takes time and life experiences. Be patient and try this more often.