Being in self-isolation for a long period of time can be challenging for everyone. Some individuals are at an increased risk compared to others and can be more vulnerable to the stress of being confined at home.
Who are the people at risk
You might feel the effects of isolation more if you are:
- Living alone
- Feeling lonely and disconnected from others
- Experiencing a major loss or life change
- Acting as a caregiver
- Lacking a sense of purpose
Tips to stay connected and break the feeling of isolation
Breaking the feeling of isolation is a big part of keeping your spirits high, even when you’re confined at home. Fortunately, we live in an era where many free social tools are available online, so leverage them to stay in touch with your friends, family and the community.
Here are a couple suggestions to cheer you up in these difficult times:
Reach out to family and friends using social tools
Video chats, movie parties, online gaming, board game nights – there are more than one way to keep yourself entertained at home. All these activities can be done remotely, through mobile or online applications and can include as many people as you want.
Learn something new or maintain your habits
If you used to be an avid reader or a seasoned puzzle solver – keep on going. Maintaining hobbies is an important part of keeping your mental health strong and establishing a routine. Learning something new can also help enhance your sense of purpose and self-motivation. You’re never too old to learn something new, so take this opportunity to branch out.
Do an online course
Many learning institutions have made online classes available for free, on an array of different subjects. This may be the opportunity to expand your horizons on subjects you had no time to tackle before. Keeping your mind busy and stimulated is a good way to manage stress related to the pandemic.
While public gatherings are forbidden in most provinces, you can still do good deeds. Many charities need people on the phone to gather funds or bring awareness to their cause. Pick one that speaks to you and help them out on your free time. This will feel good and rewarding.
You’re not alone
You’re not alone in your situation, so it’s always a good idea to reach out to loved ones if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you have any health concerns, your pharmacist is always accessible over the phone to answer your questions about your medication or concerns about any health concerns you may have.