While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to ravage the world, we are all prepared to stay in our homes for a long stretch of time. During this time, especially if you’re living on your own, it can be hard to avoid a feeling of sadness. Isolation from the rest of the world can certainly cause these types of feelings.
Sadness and loneliness can worsen as time progresses on, so it is important to do some things to help stave off these feelings as long as you can. Some suggestions of ways to stay “connected” to the world and your community during this difficult time include:
- Connect with family. Whether you pick up the phone and call or get fancy with video conferencing technology, staying connected to family in this time is more important than ever.
- Skip the news. It is important to know what is happening in the world, but with the news all about this pandemic it can be deflating and add to depressive feelings.
- Escape in a good book. Taking an adventure through books is one of the best ways to escape the reality of day to day and get lost in a new world.
- Become a penpal. You’re never too young to be a penpal. Start writing to a relative or friend. The healing power of getting a letter in the mail should never be underestimated.
After you’ve tried some of these things, if you’re still feeling sadness or loneliness, it is important to reach out to your medical provider so you can speak to someone. They will be able to point you in the right direction of mental health services that can help you during these particularly difficult times.