We all experience feelings of loneliness from time to time.
Social distancing and staying at home may make us feel isolated, particularly during the pandemic. Remember that loneliness and being alone are two different things. It's possible to feel lonely even when we are surrounded by people. This can be even harder when we’re already struggling with our mental health and feeling isolated.
Fortunately, there are ways that we can cope with loneliness and cultivate meaningful connections with those around us. For those of us who live away from family and friends, finding the support we need may seem out of reach, but there are many things we can do ourselves that can help.
We can start by exploring digital platforms to connect with people who share our interests and needs. From online support groups to virtual meetups, we can find like-minded individuals who are looking to form meaningful connections. We can also reach out to friends, family and colleagues through video chats and telephone calls.
At times of increased stress, it is important to practice self-care and to look after our mental health. Practicing mindfulness and meditation c
an help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, allowing us to gain perspective and control over our emotions. Going for a walk or engaging in a hobby can also be beneficial for our mental health.
Above all, it's important to remember that we are not alone. We are all human and share a common humanity the world over. There is always someone ready to listen and share experiences, if that's what you need. And if all you need is some time to be alone and process, that's okay too. It is important to prioritize self care even when times feel tough.
So when coping with loneliness, please remember, you aren't alone in this and helping other people is the best way the feel connected. So reach out to someone. Or smile at a stranger. You never know when you can make someone's day.