Dealing with Loneliness while Self-Isolating
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis we keep hearing the term ‘Social Isolation’. This is when we reduce our contact with society in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. And whilst self-isolating is important for our physical health, it can seriously impact our mental health and well being by creating feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness is not necessarily a result of physical separation from others but rather relates to a lack of feelings of connectedness.
Loneliness often occurs during life transitions and can pose a number of mental health risks. Loneliness directly impacts sleep, cognitive function, stress levels and can lead to an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
However, there are a number of ways to combat the creeping feelings of loneliness right now, even in the face of a global pandemic. Here are a few ways you can learn to self-isolate with a smile.
Maintaining a sense of purpose is the first step to combating loneliness. This can come from starting an online course or completing a craft project. Even learning how to juggle. Creating a daily schedule or to-do list is a perfect way to keep you on top of your goals and feeling purposeful.
Keeping active is another way to diminish loneliness. This can be through at-home workouts, yoga, or even a simple stretch routine. Taking a short walk around your neighbourhood (or around your backyard) is also a great and easy way to keep your body moving and increase feelings of productiveness.
Keeping connected to family and friends is also extremely helpful in reducing feelings of loneliness. Whilst face-to-face connection feels like a thing of the past, letter writing, instant messaging, phone calling and video calling are fantastic ways to continue meaningful relationships with people. Engaging with posts and other users on social media or joining groups about topics you are interested in are also great ways to stay connected.
Loneliness in our current climate can feel inevitable. But by focusing your efforts on your inner happiness and staying connected to those important to you, feelings of loneliness can be overcome.
If you would like further information on combating loneliness, have a read of our 'Loneliness in Isolation' Module below.