How To Manage Loneliness and Anxiety While Self-Isolating
While the Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the world, over 294 million Americans are now being requested to remain home through stay-at-home mandates. With these nearly overnight changes, the nation went from bustling cities to deserted streets.
It’s no wonder that this drastic change in life has produced feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety. With restaurants closed, sporting events halted, travel restricted, and even seeing your loved ones prohibited, you might be feeling overwhelmed.
We wanted to offer a helping hand by sharing tips that will assist you in feeling more positive in your life.
TIPS TO MANAGE LONELINESS:
- Connect with friends and family each day. A simple call, text, or FaceTime can help give you feelings of connectivity, even when distanced. During these times of isolation, it’s been recommended to reach out to three people each day, sharing your good news and checking in on them.
- Get creative with ways to meet. While social distancing is in place, millions have begun using tools like Go-To Meeting, Zoom, FaceTime group chats and Houseparty. Creative ways to utilize these include getting dressed up as if going out to dinner, happy hour sessions, and book clubs. Think outside of the box and invite your closest people.
- Start an activity that you’ve always wanted to. Haven’t had time to finish the pile of books by your bed? Now is a great time to dive in and get lost in a story. There are an abundance of free online course ranging from photography to business that will help you enhance your knowledge or create a new skill. Shift your focus to things you’ve always wanted to do, instead of what you can’t do.
TIPS TO MANAGE ANXIETY:
- Start a meditation/mindfulness practice. Research has shown that committing to a regular mindfulness practice can help to reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing feelings of positivity. YouTube offers meditations ranging from 10 minutes to those you can put on when going to sleep.
- Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Multiple studies have concluded that getting in nature boosts your happiness and reduces feelings of stress and depression. With fewer cars on the road, it’s a great time to go for a walk, run, cycle your city, or go for a hike.
- Exercise daily. With thousands of gyms and yoga studios now offering online classes, it’s the perfect time to commit to your fitness. 10 minutes a day is all you need to start feeling less anxious and better about yourself.
- Eat healthy, home cooked meals. Check out our previous article on 15 immune-boosting foods as well as this recipe for a smoothie that helps prevent you getting sick.
- Share your gratitude everyday. Habits of the happiest people in the world always include finding gratitude each day, no matter the circumstances. Gratitude helps us to shift our focus, boosts our happiness and helps us find more fulfilment.
We hope these help you to start finding more positive feelings during these uncertain times. No matter where you are, just know that we are here to help. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.