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Social isolation

Stay connected

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.

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Stay in touch

Plan how to stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family members. You could:

  • Call
  • Text
  • Write a letter
  • Email
  • 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 your 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!

Stay well

Whatever you are doing, remember to take the recommended health advice to stay well physically.

Go to trusted websites for advice such as GOV.UK and NHS.UK on how to reduce transmission and protect the vulnerable.

For more ideas, visit Mental Health Matters’ guide to Mental wellbeing while staying at home.

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