Social isolation can feel difficult and can trigger lots of emotions, from anxiety to loneliness and boredom. As the coronavirus situation continues to unfold, lots of us may be struggling with these feelings as a result of being separated from friends and loved ones.
Technology helps us all to stay connected, but what else can we do to deal some of these emotions? We’ve pulled together a few simple suggestions which may help.
Start a hobby
If you’re finding you have lots of extra time on your hands at the moment, why not investigate a new hobby? Research has shown that hobbies stimulate different parts of the brain, whilst giving us a sense of purpose and achievement.
Create a daily schedule
Routine is good for mental health, and whilst your day to day schedule has likely had to adjust, it creates an opportunity to establish a new routine that works for you.
Try incorporating some of these tips into your day, put together by a Royal Marine veteran.
Linked to the above, schedule in some time each week to connect with loved ones, whether over the telephone or using one of the many online apps that enable us to connect face to face, such as Facetime or Zoom. A cup of tea and a catch up online might not be quite the same as the real thing, but it can be something to look forward to.
There are lots of inventive ways to stay in touch online springing up too. Online pub-style quizzes have become popular as have online games, as an entertaining way to keep in touch with friends and family whilst encouraging a bit of healthy competition and teamwork building.
If you fancy putting your online gaming skills to the test, why not give Hero Up a try? Create your own gaming challenge, get friends and family involved, and fundraise at the same time!
Boost your wellbeing with kindness
Be mindful of others and help out where you can – acts of kindness have a positive impact on the brain, creating endorphins and helping us to feel good. Something as simple as a cup of tea and a kind word can be a game changer, helping you and the recipient to feel connected and happier.
Contact with nature is proven to reduce anxiety and make us feel calm. If you have your own garden, why not create your own little vegetable patch – seeds are inexpensive to buy online. You could also try bringing nature indoors – house plants known to improve mood and even our overall health.
Finally, make sure you take time for yourself each day. There is so much pressure at the moment for people to stay engaged, that we can potentially lose the time to just slow down and relax. Take time out to meditate, do some breathing exercises or just have a little bit of quiet time.