if you haven’t seen your loved ones for some time, or pandemic stress has taken its toll on you, you might be feeling lonely or frustrated even if you are living with your family. But there are some things you can do to reduce those feelings.
If nostalgia for your life before the pandemic has hit you, don’t worry, it is perfectly normal. Prolonged loneliness can affect us deeply, making life seem even pointless. When you feel like you can’t escape from feelings of anxiety, loneliness –due to the pandemic or not–, these 7 tips can ease the stress.
1. Put some music on
Filling your house with sound will help fill space in your place and thoughts. Put your favorite record on to boost your mood and motivate you, listen to interesting podcasts, watch your favorite movie even if you don’t sit and watch it or simply open the window to listen to the sounds of the streets to make you feel more connected.
2. Talk to your loved ones
If you can’t spend time with your loved ones, make sure you stay connected. Make some time to chat with friends, call them regularly or schedule some zoom calls for the weekend. You’d be surprised how much a quick test can help.
3. Be present
When you are around others, make sure you make the most of your interactions –choose quality over quantity—share your emotions and experiences, listen to what your loved ones have to say, talk about what’s important to you.
4. Go for a walk
Change the environment when you are experiencing feelings of loneliness, go outside, have a coffee at your favorite café, or do your grocery shopping, this will remind you that you are not alone in the world.
5. Be creative
Art, music and writing help cope with isolation and navigate loneliness. Creativity is a great tool to express your emotions without actually saying them. It can give you a sense of purpose, fulfillment and satisfaction.
6. Remember it will not last forever
Loneliness does not last forever, vaccines are already available, schools and universities are going to re-open and you’ll reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while. Loneliness will pass too.
7. Ask for help
If you are feeling hopeless, don’t be afraid to share how you feel. We all need some support when we are in a moment of crisis. if you can’t talk to your friends or family, talk to a therapist, it will make a world of difference.
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