When the virus hit the world, social distancing emerged as the most powerful strategy to stay safe. Even as it can save lives, distancing is making people isolated and depressed. Mandatory lockdowns, work-from-home arrangements, and the closure of social venues are making things worse. Isolation is worse than you can imagine, and it is having far-reaching effects on mental health. Fortunately, dealing with social isolation is easier than staying safe from the virus. Here are some tricks you can try to handle social isolation amid the pandemic and stay sane and happy.
You need to be physically disconnected right now but maintain social connections with family, friends, and colleagues. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay in touch, and it only requires some effort to call people you care for. Arrange virtual parties and get-togethers with loved ones and colleagues. Just seeing your circle will make you feel less lonely during these tough times, even if you are alone at home.
Spend quality time with family
If you are lucky enough to have family around, take the opportunity to spend quality time together. It is something you may have missed before the pandemic times when everyone was always occupied. Enjoy the evening together, cook a meal, watch a movie, play a board game, or do anything you can enjoy as a family. There’s no chance you will feel isolated.
Look for natural stress-relief
Social isolation and stress have a cause-and-effect relationship. Dealing with stress is a good way to combat the feeling of loneliness. Look for natural stress relief with meditation and deep breathing. Indulge in activities you enjoy.
Help the neighbors
Right now, you aren’t struggling alone because everyone around is probably dealing with social isolation. Helping others deal with it will make things easier for you. Start with your neighbors because they are the nearest. Call them or talk to them from a distance. Ask them if you can help. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to shop groceries for the elderly or a sick family when you visit the market for your stuff. They will return the favor when they can!
The easiest way to deal with anxiety and loneliness is by being thankful for what you have. Anticipating the worse will make life only harder, so look for a silver lining where you can. Practice gratitude for having your loved ones around, be thankful for the food on your table, and you will be a lot happier with life. It is equally important to be grateful to anyone making a difference, be it a first responder, a doctor, a store clerk, or a policeman.
The world is going through the worst right now, and every person can make a difference. Help others conquer isolation, and life will be better for you.