Small Group Check in
Create a group with 2-3 people in to do a voice recording check-in each day. You could also do it via message, email or in person if you live together or close by. What is a check in? A space where you get to say how you are, name emotions and what's going on for you. This space is yours and anyone else listens in silence, (this means you will not be interrupted or given advice etc).
This format creates a space where people can connect and co-support each other, as well as a space to say how you are and have others know how you are. If there is anyone you would like to bring closer into your support system this might be a nice way to build more connection and vulnerability with them.
Step one: Setting up a group
Identify a couple of people from your support network and ask if they would be up for being in a check in group in which every day you all send a voice message saying how you are doing. This could be short (1 min) or long (up to 15 mins) you can decide between you, make sure you will all have enough space to listen each day.
You can set a time scale to do this: two weeks, a month etc
Step two: Check in
Check in every day. The beauty of this is you both get to share and be heard and hear how the others in your group are. This means that everyday someone else will know how you are, and everyday you will know how the others are. Allowing support to co-arise and be easier and more accessible. For example when i am having a bad day and I check in others often ask if i would like to talk later on in the day for support.
Step three: Revisit
As your agreed duration to check in comes to an end revisit the group together and see if and how you want to continue.
- Vary the frequency, it could be: every other day, weekly, whenever you need to.
- Vary the time you check in for