This article was created in partnership with Osmind.
Social distancing has caused people to feel like they don’t have a support system there to help them. Particularly during the height of coronavirus, feelings of isolation and loneliness can bring themselves to the forefront of daily life. It is important to know that you are not alone, and that there are things you can do to mitigate these feelings.
Use coping skills
It’s okay to feel lonely or isolated during these times. If these emotions are making you feel more anxious or depressed, think about the coping skills you have available. These might include:
- Taking twenty minutes to journal about exactly how you are feeling
- Getting some exercise, or simply spending time outdoors
- Practicing meditation using an app or prerecorded video
Find ways to let your emotions out in a healthy way. Burying your emotions isn't a good long-term solution—sooner or later, they’ll come out anyway!
Find ways to have human connection each day
Having to physically distance and isolate yourself from people can make you feel disconnected from your support system. However, it just means that you might have to find other ways to create that human connection. Call family members or friends when feelings of isolation set in, or make weekly virtual plans to eat together, talk, or watch a movie together. Ensuring that you have some social interaction each day—even if virtually—can help you to recreate the environment and support system that you had before coronavirus and social distancing were in effect.
Join online communities
If you need more connection with others or resources for mental health, joining online communities can be a good way to find both. Through these communities, you can find people from all over the world who may be experiencing or have experienced the same feelings and emotions that you are. This is an excellent way to gain support from others while also learning new information about topics that you may be interested in.
Most importantly, take care of yourself. Eat what will make you happy. Choose to disengage from technology if you aren’t feeling it. Work out if it makes you feel good and you have the ability to. Quarantining at home has created a whole host of new and sometimes terrifying experiences and emotions. Just getting through it is an immense accomplishment!