How to cope with lockdown loneliness
21 August 2020
From the mental health benefits of a daily routine to online therapy platforms, these tips will get you through lockdown loneliness.
With countries across the world in a lockdown situation due to the coronavirus, millions are facing the daunting prospect of weeks of self-isolation loneliness. For those who live alone or who will be unable to see family for a while, this can feel particularly difficult. But with so many brilliant ways to stay in touch these days, there’s no need to be lonely during quarantine - in fact, you may find your social life is busier than ever. From tools to help you stay in touch to techniques that are proven to help lessen anxiety, these are the best ways to keep loneliness during lockdown at bay.
Prioritise a daily routine
Despite the temptation to abandon the alarm clock, sticking to a daily routine is more important than ever during times of uncertainty. It’s a key mental health boosting technique for reducing stress, helping you feel in control, and ensuring you’ve got enough time to fit in activities that help keep lockdown loneliness at bay. It doesn’t need to be particularly rigid or strict - focus on things like getting up and going to bed at the same time each day, doing regular exercise (even if it’s just taking a short walk or doing a video workout at home), eating three healthy meals a day, and making time for the things you enjoy the most.
Reach out to your community
Being separated from friends and loved ones is a prime cause of self-isolation loneliness, but even with lockdown measures in place there’s still a wide range of ways to stay connected. Call friends to catch up, organise virtual gatherings via apps such as Facebook Messenger, and if you’re able to, try to check in on your nearby neighbours, particularly if they're elderly or vulnerable. Even just the smallest offer of help and support can make a huge difference, with the added benefit of making you feel good too. You could also look up any local community groups that might need a helping hand at the moment with things like making masks or dropping off shopping and consider volunteering if you're able to do so without risk.
Take care of yourself
It’s normal to feel anxious, lonely and frightened at times like these, particularly when faced with so much uncertainty about the future. Don’t punish yourself for feeling this way and try to take extra good care of yourself instead. This might involve little treats like cooking a lovely dinner for yourself, making time to work on some creative projects, or even just limiting your exposure to news coverage to avoid getting stuck in an anxious loop. There are also many great platforms for online therapy - such as Better Help - if you feel like you’d benefit from professional guidance. Finally, try to stay positive as much as possible and remind yourself that this is a temporary situation, even if it currently feels a bit endless.
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