Being lonely is one of the millions of feelings most of us are experiencing right now. The outbreak is not just affecting our health but also our mental well-being. Our usual ways of seeing our family, friends, and other relatives have been put on pause. Young people aged 18-24 were most likely to be lonely since the outbreak began.
- How Does It Affect Our Mental Well-being?
From time to time, lots of us feel lonely and the short-term feeling of it won’t harm our mental health. However, the longer the outbreak goes on, the more these feelings of loneliness become long-term. Long-term loneliness is accompanying by an increased risk of certain mental health conditions. The effect of lasting loneliness on mental well-being could be very difficult to handle.
2. What You Can Do To Prevent Loneliness?
It is a protocol given by the government to stay at home and only go outside for essential needs, being 2 meters far from others, and washing hands frequently. This means that we need to adopt a new way on how to connect with others during this time. You can stay in touch with your family, friends, and other relatives through video calls or regular phone calls. Writing letters are also charming ways to express to someone that you are thinking of them.
3. Helping Others Who Might Be Feeling Lonely
One idea is to communicate with someone who lives alone or those who do not have close connections. A phone call or a message can make a big difference to someone who hasn’t heard from anyone in a while. If it’s a neighbor, you can share something you’ve cooked or baked with them at a safe distance.
4. It Is Not Just You
No one is exempted from the feeling of being lonely at times. At some point, all of us will feel cut off from our loved ones. However, some of us will have greater access to technology than others or more social connections. By caring for each other or being a volunteer for a helpline, we can help stop the loneliness epidemic.
5. What You Can Do If You’re Feeling Lonely
- Try calling a family member, friend, counselor, or health professional to talk about your feelings.
- You can join an online group or class that focuses on something you enjoy. It could be anything from a book club, an online exercise class, or an online music class.
- Consider going for a short walk in public places, if only you are allowed to go out of your home. You can bring your pet with you and don’t forget to keep a distance of 2 meters far from others.
The coronavirus outbreak is a challenging and lonely time for some. These different feelings we have during this outbreak will just pass. There will be lots of shared pots of tea, lots of hugs, parties, celebrations, and a festival in the future. For now, let’s be as kind as possible to ourselves as well as to others.