‘I’ve learned to prioritise my friends’: how five relationships were changed by the pandemic

From neighbours to spouses, the coronavirus lockdown has taught us to truly value the human connections in our lives

Lockdown was a weird time for all of us – whether we focused on ourselves, homeschooling or simply making it through with our sanity in check. It has seen people get in touch with distant relatives, develop friendships with neighbours and offer help to strangers.

Research released by relationship support charity Relate found that 31% of respondents felt closer to their neighbours and 30% felt emotionally closer to their friends.

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