12 tips for dealing with loneliness during COVID-19
April 17, 2020

We’re all going through a range of emotions right now, and that’s okay. One you may experience is loneliness. Whether living alone or finding it hard to physically distance yourself from those you care about, here are some tips from Georgian’s Mental Health and Well-being Committee:

  • Connect with family and friends. Use video chat to:
    • Host celebrations for birthdays and other milestones
    • Organize a dance party
    • Hold your monthly book club
    • Have a dinner date or movie night
    • Share coping strategies and supports
    • Work out together
  • Inspire others. Reach out to one person a day – friend, family, colleague, acquaintance – and send them a text or email with a motivational quote, meaningful poem or simply a note that says, “I’m thinking of you…”
  • Call or write a letter to someone you know is isolated. Not all of us are privileged to have access to internet or Wi-Fi. Find a different way to say, “Hello.”
  • Reconnect. Use this as an opportunity to reach out to someone you’ve lost touch with.
  • Make a connection. Is there someone you’ve always wanted to get to know? Maybe a colleague or classmate you think is awesome but have never really talked to? A community member or employer you admire but have never met? Reach out with no agenda other than to wish them well during this difficult time.
  • Take a free class online. From yoga and art classes, to fitness and cooking classes…there’s something for everyone.
  • Tune in to free concerts. Be part of a virtual community and listen to some amazing music. Many bands and artists are offering concerts from the comfort of their homes or studios.
  • Find people who share your interests. Chances are there’s an online community of people with the same passion – whatever it is. Join a group or create one!
  • Keep a gratitude journal. It’s a great way to stay grounded and when you’re feeling particularly down, you can pick it up and remember all you have to be thankful for. Learn more about gratitude journals and tips to get started.
  • Access virtual supports. Big White Wall is a wonderful resource. It’s a peer-to-peer mental health community that’s accessible online 24/7. You can share feelings and concerns with others in a safe environment.
  • Engage in something productive. Sometimes doing something different can give you a new perspective:
    • Go for a walk
    • Create art for your window
    • Learn a new skill
    • Watch a TED Talk
    • Play a video game
    • Read a book
    • Do some yoga
    • Kick a ball around the yard
    • Try a new recipe
    • Participate in a guided meditation
    • Rediscover the kid in you (what did you like to do when you were younger?)
  • Make a difference from afar. Give back or share your gifts. Volunteer virtually, identify those in need and help however you can, or start a movement (like get your friends to send thank you notes and photos to those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus).
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