“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.
- 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.
- Play games, watch a movie, or find other activities to do with them online.
Maintain a routine.
- 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.
- Move your body - try using online workouts and challenge your friends or work out with them.
- Try to go to bed around the same time each night.
Reframe your thinking.
- 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”.
- 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.”
When you can, go outside, go for a walk, wave to a neighbor, or plant a garden — while maintaining social distancing!