With all the current restrictions beginning to increase in the UK due to COVID-19, it is easy to feel alone and isolated. Our social lives are currently restricted and the interactions we do have can feel distanced and abnormal. We are used to hugging our friends, shaking hands with potential employers and kissing our grandparents on the cheek. Our "new normal" does not feel very normal at all - but we have the power to adapt to these new interactions. Here are my 3 Top Tips for dealing with loneliness:
Looking after your general health
Be more considerate of your general health both physically and mentally. Check in with yourself and how you are feeling at the beginning of each day. Take yourself out for a walk or do whatever exercise you enjoy the most. If you can't get outside, you can access online workouts for your daily exercise. Consider what foods give you energy and what foods make you feel sluggish and adjust your diet accordingly. Taking time out of your day to focus on you is not just "self care", it is essential for your wellbeing.
Call someone you haven't spoken to in a while
Often when we are lonely we can feel that people are not thinking of us or that they don't care, these thoughts can be due to your own anxiety rather than their actions. The chances are the person you are thinking of may be feeling lonely too. It is simply good food for your soul to interact with someone who you haven't caught up with in a while. Not only will you be able to put your overactive mind at rest, you will feel a sense of accomplishment for reaching out to a friend.
Do an online group activity
Current government guidelines are preventing social gatherings however it is important to fulfil that need as part of your lifestyle. You could organise a social zoom with your friends and find an activity to do with them virtually. Perhaps you could join us every Monday at 8pm for my "Free Live Relaxation" over Zoom, it is a brilliant way to start the week in a positive mind set. Please see the picture below for log in details.
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