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Combatting Feelings of Loneliness

Coach Jill shares how to combat loneliness while social distancing

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“I live alone, and I’m feeling lonely and isolated, and am anxious about not being able to see anyone.”

Ginger coach Jill shares a few ideas to help combat feelings of loneliness:

Schedule time with friends and family.

  1. Pick up the phone and give your loved ones a call, or set up a Zoom/FaceTime/GoogleDuo/video call date with them to connect. 
  2. Play games, watch a movie, or find other activities to do with them online. 

Maintain a routine.

  1. Keep a routine similar to what you did before. Commute to work? Go for a walk in the morning! Shower and change out of your pajamas. Plan some new shows to binge watch or even try a Netflix Party with friends. 
  2. Move your body - try using online workouts and challenge your friends or work out with them. 
  3. Try to go to bed around the same time each night.

Reframe your thinking.

  1. Instead of “I’m stuck at home”, you can think, “I get to be safe in my home, and so are the people I care about”. 
  2. Instead of “There’s too much uncertainty right now!”, you can reframe it to “While I can’t control the situation around me, I CAN control my actions.”

Get outside!

When you can, go outside, go for a walk, wave to a neighbor, or plant a garden — while maintaining social distancing!