For many, self isolation has brought about more time to spend with family, partners and loved ones, yet for people living alone, the experience can be an intimidating one.
For millions of people across the UK who don’t have a housemate living with them, social isolation can become a very real fear.
As humans are inherently social creatures, lack of human companionship can not only have a detrimental affect on our mood, it can also lead to anxiety, depression, stress, sleeping issues and even illness.
Whilst many of us were not brunching every single day before lockdown, simple and small interactions such as chatting to a barista or getting a smile from a bus driver are now a distant memory.
Take a look at our tips below for coping with solitary lockdown.
Get in Touch
If you’re mood begins to drop, a brilliant idea is to get in touch with friends and family as soon as possible. Whether it’s s simple phone call, text message or a joint video call, the opportunity to hear someone’s voice can be incredibly soothing to low mood.
If you’re struggling on some activities, a great idea is to run a weekly quiz with your loved ones over video chat.
Not only is having an event to look forward to perfect for boosting mood, creating a quiz during the week can be brilliant for keeping your mind active and engaged.
Sometimes the feeling of someone being there can be brilliant for boosting your mood and encouraging your work
Create a structure
Our minds have the potential to spiral when we’re alone, often leaving us lost and confused. A brilliant way to sort this is to create a structure, laying out a clear plan of the day ahead.
Although it might seem small, writing in daily reminders for washing, eating and exercising can be brilliant for keeping order in your mind.
Still working from home?
If you’re used to an office setting, pop up to a work friend and suggest a video call. You don’t have to talk to each other much, sometimes the feeling of someone being there can be brilliant for boosting your mood and encouraging your work.
Set aside twenty minutes each morning to listen to mindfulness apps, not only can these be brilliant for boosting mood and reducing stress, they can also be great for building resilience during this odd time.
If you’re feeling truly lost during this odd time, there are plenty of people to get in touch with, from your GP through to help lines, discover more here.
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