Many of us are feeling isolated and lonely, particularly those living alone. We have developed a helpful guide that provides some suggestions on how to deal with problems that are caused by isolation and loneliness.
Make a list of all the things you wanted to start but always felt you didn’t have enough time to do. Circle items which you can do at home during this time of isolation and work through the list on a daily basis. Some of those interests might be downloading and listening to podcasts, watching box sets, trying meditation, baking new foods, learning a new hobby like origami, skyping friends, FaceTime calls, cooking, writing, reading a book, doing arts and crafts / DIY, knitting or gardening (of course whilst socially distancing at all times!).
Once the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and we can gather together again, you can then review the list and follow through on all the outdoor activities you listed and can now do!
The stress and worry of Covid-19 can cause anxiety. So remember:
You might want to try out the following suggestions:
Friendships benefit your mental and emotional health and are even more important when face-to-face connections are difficult. If you are confined at home, you may be able to use videoconferencing, letter writing, texting or voice calls to maintain existing friendships and build new ones.
Organising a couple of daily calls to your friends and loved ones can go a long way in helping to prevent loneliness and will also improve your mental health whilst social-distancing. Below are some apps and video-conferencing options which will help you remain in touch with loved ones as you stay safe at home:
Keep yourself moving -Exercise, even a little of it, will positively contribute to our mental, emotional and physical health, especially when you are dealing with isolation. Even when you are confined to your home there are things you can do to stay active.
Leading a physically active life can help us feel happier, think more clearly, have more energy, be more productive and, along with proper diet, control our weight. No matter how old you are when you start, you can benefit from moderate physical exercise. If you are older or have health problems and have not been exercising, it is wise to consult a doctor about how to begin. But do begin! Exercise that is started gradually and not overdone can help even the oldest among us to maintain muscle strength and bone mass. It can also help older people to avoid falls.
You can do exercises classes online. Here are some suggestions:
Building physical and mental resilience
The following recommendations from health experts promote good health and builds both physical and mental resilience.
If you are struggling during this time, please let us or a support agency know. Don’t struggle alone. The following contacts are available to you: