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There can’t be many people whose lives haven’t been affected by COVID-19. From having to work at home to not being able to see friends and family or go on vacation – it’s been a difficult time. We have all been affected in different ways.
One of the key issues that many people are facing right now is loneliness. Even those living with others, like their families, partners or roommates, can still feel cut off from it all which can lead to mental health problems. If you’re struggling due to COVID-19 for any reason, make sure you don’t suffer alone.
Here are some of the ways you can reach out and feel supported at this time.
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Talk to friends and family
If you’re feeling lonely or frustrated right now, open up about it. While you might not be able to see the people you’re closest to right now, you can still pick up the phone or do a video call. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the weight comes off your shoulders after you’ve opened up to someone. Make an effort to get in touch with people more regularly and these conversations will soon become the best part of your day!
Observe social distancing but don’t be afraid to go out
While it’s important to stay safe and be careful, you should still go outside where possible. The rules can vary where you live, but a bit of outdoor exercise or an outdoor catch up with a friend could make a big difference to your health, helping you see more people to ease the loneliness. Read why outdoor exercise is beneficial for your health and make sure you go out when you can – it really could make a difference to your mood. When my family was quarantined for 5 weeks in a 1 bedroom apartment (not because we were sick but everything was shut down), being outside hiking or walking to the park was the only thing that saved our sanity! Getting out into the sunshine can help not only with your emotional help but also can help with your physical health.
Don’t wait to seek professional help
If things are particularly tough for you right now, and you feel that you need more help, don’t wait to get the support you need. You can still benefit from getting help for alcohol dependency and other addictions, while your doctor is also there to help. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can start to feel better. If you are worried about being exposed to COVID-19, many healthcare professionals can start with a virtual, video appointment.
Keep taking care of yourself
Self-care is very important right now. While it’s easy to wallow and develop some bad habits, this will only make things harder in the long run. You can stay healthy at home by following some basic self-care tips that will help you feel better, both mentally and physically. Focus on eating healthily, daily activity and getting plenty of sleep. Follow a routine of making your bed when you first get up in the morning. Be sure to follow at the very least basic hygiene even if you aren’t going to be seeing anyone for the day. These small steps can help you feel put together. Plus, there have been studies, as mentioned in this Power of Routine article, showing how having a routine and mental health are heavily intertwined.
The world is a strange place right now, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Spend time with people where you can, and pick up the phone when you can’t. Your mental health is important, so make sure you take steps to keep yourself healthy, and reach out for help when you need it. There are brighter days ahead and this tough period will pass.
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