How to Prevent Loneliness While Staying Socially Distanced

Social distancing is tough on all of us, but people who live alone may be struggling even more right now. Specifically, social isolation can cause feelings of loneliness. Here are some ideas about how to overcome those feelings during this time of face-to-face isolation or distancing.


Start each day with something for you- Practicing self-care is a great way to prioritize your mental wellness. Try to start your day on a positive note. Write in a gratitude journal or practice meditation. Listen to an uplifting audio book or a podcast. Even if it means waking up 30 minutes before the rest of your family, making these little changes can help set the tone for your entire day. 


Make a list- Write down the names of everyone in your network, even if you haven’t spoken in a while. In addition to your close family members and friends, think of relatives who live far away, friends from school or previous jobs, members of your faith community, and neighbors. The act of creating a list can help you see that you do have community in your life, even when you are physically separated from others.


Be intentional about social media- We’re all getting weary of looking at our friends and loved ones on a screen, but this is our reality and we need to make the best of it. Make an effort to maintain your virtual get-togethers, because without them, the risk of feeling lonely and isolated increases. Go old school and talk on the phone, or have a glass of wine with a friend over Face Time. Social interaction, whether virtual or in person, will help you feel less alone and more connected with those around you. It’ll also provide you with support if you’re having a difficult time coping.


Take care of yourself- Now is the time to prioritize your well-being. This includes regular physical activity, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods that give you energy, going outside for a walk if you can safely do so, meditating, praying, and journaling and enjoying your favorite hobbies.