Ever since COVID-19 started changing our schedules and lives, has your relationship with your family changed?

I had a conversation with my friend where we talked about this. I hope you can learn something from us. 

Me: So how's it been lately?

Friend: Not great. My parents are way more snappy and wound up cause were at home all the time. Theyre fighting a lot now too. 

Me: Oh no. Maybe you can try finding an escape like a hobby or sport or just going on a walk. It’s definitely harder now with COVID.

Friend: Yeah, I think that would definitely help distract me. Hows your family?

Me: My dad and stepmom are moving out but I’m honestly fine. Having good friends is more important to me lately.

Friend: I know right. Ive always said you choose your family. Sometimes friends can feel more like family to me.

Me: For sure. Just remember that its okay if you feel angry, but remember to take care of yourself and take a break.

Friend: Thanks. You and some of my other friends have been really helpful in this.

Me: Aw, thanks. I’m always here for you. Do you think your friends connect with you more than family sometimes?

Friend: Yeah, actually. They struggle with the same stuff I do so having that connection is really nice. Like my parents dont accept me being anything except straight but my friends do. But sometimes I feel guilty.

Me: What do you mean?

Friend: I dont know, I guess I think I shouldnt be closer to friends than the people that raised me.

Me: Well, it’s like you said. Family isn’t just who you live with, it’s who loves you and cares about you unconditionally.

Friend: Definitely with you on that.

COVID-19 has challenged my relationship with my family now that we all stay in the same house for hours on end. My friends have helped me through lots of situations where I felt really lonely or like no one cared. Having supportive relationships brings me positivity and happiness that I otherwise wouldn’t have, which is especially important these days.

If you or a friend are experiencing a mental health emergency or other crisis, please contact Colorado Crisis Services Call 1-844-493-TALK or text “TALK” to 38255. https://coloradocrisisservices.org/.