Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Dealing with Lockdown Loneliness

Loneliness courtesy of NYT
Many of us are having to cope with loneliness during the  coronavirus lockdown.  Not being able to meet up with friends, family members or loved ones can be challenging.  It can be even more difficult for those who are self-isolating.  Some suggestions for dealing with loneliness include: 
  •  Embrace the technology!  Stay in touch using video technology, such as Skype or Zoom;  


    • Plan your day and stick to a schedule;  
     
    • Stay active.  Even a short walk every day can help; 
     
    • Read online articles (like this one) for fun and to increase your knowledge base; 
     
    • Join a Meetup film group or Facebook watch party to view films online with others;
     
    • Avoid watching too many news programmes about Covid-19, as too much information can be confusing and increase our stress levels.
Below, I have listed some resources that can help us to cope with loneliness and isolation.  

 

Personally, I find that helping others is the best way to feel connected - and useful.  That's why I have posted these coronavirus resources.   

 

 What to Do If You Feel Lonely during the Coronavirus Outbreak (advice from the NHS) 


How Singles Can Fight Loneliness during Social Isolation  


How to Cope with Loneliness during the Coronavirus Pandemic 

 

Loneliness during Coronavirus;  

 

Reducing Loneliness among Migrant and Ethnic Minority People


Get Support from a Mental Health Charity (advice from the NHS); 

 

Find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline (England only).  


Please share this with your networks and please comment below.  Thanks.  



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