Loneliness can impact us all at some point in our lives. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has contributed to several additional stressors in daily life.
These can increase loneliness, anxiety and depression, and make them feel less manageable.
Social isolation is important to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but this is different from emotional isolation.
Staying connected with others is vital, so it may help to think about other ways in which to connect.
Stay in touch
Plan how to stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family members. You could:
- Write a letter
- Video call
Call colleagues and loved ones during the times you would normally speak to them. Help one another and arrange to call when you are feeling especially lonely. Otherwise, think about listening to podcasts or the radio.
Keep to a routine
Sticking to a routine, especially now, is imperative for physical and mental health benefits.
- Get up and go to bed at a normal time
- Shower and dress into clean clothes
- Establish regular mealtimes
- Stick to normal working hours
Engage your mind
Think about other activities to keep you busy feel more positive and in control.
- Try a new recipe
- Read a book
- Continue with hobbies or try new ones.
Create the right environment
Maintaining a tidy and clean environment may help you to feel on top of things.
- Go for a walk for some fresh air
- Try an online exercise class
If motivation is a struggle, write a list of things you want or need to do and plan when to do them.
Ticking off each task as you complete it will give you a sense of achievement and contribute to improved mood!
Non-urgent advice: Stay well
Whatever you are doing, remember to take the recommended health advice to stay well physically.
For more ideas, visit Mental Health Matters’ guide to Mental wellbeing while staying at home.
Page last reviewed: 21 June, 2021