During this pandemic we have all experienced a loss of supports and coping mechanisms we have relied on in the past. This often leads to an increased sense of loneliness and isolation which for some can be traumatic or trigger reminders of traumatic events. Here are some ideas to help manage those feelings:
- Take a social media break and make a real life connection. Ask others what they are doing to combat loneliness
- Set an alarm on your phone to call or text someone each day
- Commit to reaching out. This could be the same person or someone different each day. You will probably be making them feel better too!
- When you are feeling strong make a list or flash cards of things that give you positive feelings or help you feel connected. Then, when you are struggling, choose something from the list and give it a try.
- Reach out and ask someone to check in with you.
- Practice creativity! Physical movement can counteract loneliness; color, draw, play music, dance, go for a walk.
Be gentle with yourself and others. No one has gone through this before and we are all trying to figure out how to move forward.