During this pandemic our social relationships have become as important to our physical and mental health. . For a range of circumstances is much more difficult when you live alone, or are feeling lonely due to being apart from your family, friends, and other personal networks, particularly if you’re working from home with limited collegial support. For those who live alone or are feeling lonely and isolated it is important to stay intentionally connected to those you care about and are in your network of supports during periods of isolation.
Here are a number small steps you can take to manage how you feel about your situation, and support options available should you need them.
1. Stay Grounded
Adjusting your mindset and expectations is key to avoiding feelings of loneliness. This means accepting things that are beyond your control, and that being away from the people and things you love is only temporary
2. Stay Connected
Be intentional to and make time for regular telephone or video catch ups with family, friends and colleagues. Contemplate engaging in more traditional methods of communication, and write letters and cards to friends and loved ones, especially those who live alone or are feeling isolated and lonely too. This not only gives you something to focus on, but also helps put a smile on the face of others.
3. Useful Resources
There is a wealth of resources available on wellbeing websites that provide support on a range of valuable mental health and wellbeing challenges for work and life. Many provide a range of tools, tips and coping mechanisms for common situations. These materials also include a COVID-19 personal action plan to help you acknowledge how you feel, and get you thinking about your own wellbeing.
Meditating is also a great way to help you relax and clear your mind. There are free apps available to help you do this at a time that suits you, such as Headspace and Smiling Mind.
The Sleep Heath Foundation has a range of helpful fact sheets.
Beyond Blue provide COVID-19 resources.
4. Reach Out
If you need further support, speak to a trusted family member, friend or colleague.
Alternatively reach out and speak with a counsellor for support.
Remember we are in this together.