How to Relieve Feelings of Loneliness During the Pandemic
As we approach a new month, many of you may be wondering if things will ever get back to normal. We understand you and your loved ones have encountered so much change over the last several months. Here at Right at Home, we care about your safety and well-being.
During the pandemic, several of our favorite places have shut down around the country. Many people are working from home, and social distancing measures are in place. This may have left many of you feeling lonely, which can have a significant impact on your health – as stress levels start to rise, this will increase blood pressure and heart rate. Feelings of restlessness may result in addition to feelings of isolation.
Everyone experiences loneliness differently. Some may choose coping mechanisms, such as:
- Overeating – which can lead to diabetes and obesity.
- Drugs & alcohol- which can lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, and cause liver and kidney problems.
- Complete isolation – Some may choose to completely withdraw from engaging with loved ones, which can lead to a mental health illness such as anxiety or depression.
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So What Can You do to Help Alleviate Feelings of Loneliness?
- 1. Create a Schedule - Start every day with a plan. Keep a To-Do-List or write in a journal to help organize your time each day.
- 2. Get Active – Exercise not only releases natural endorphins to make you feel better but also promotes blood circulation keeping your heart healthy. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean just ‘going to the gym.’ You can get active by walking the dogs, cleaning the house, and engaging in outside activities with children and grandchildren.
- 3. Find a support group – many virtual communities and groups will allow you to connect with those that enjoy the same hobbies as you do. For instance, if you enjoy cooking, join a Facebook group that will enable you and your friends to communicate cooking ideas. Or, you can also find many religious or spiritual communities to help get you through these trying times.
Right at Home would like to encourage you all to take a more in-depth look into what is causing your feelings of loneliness and isolation. If your senior loved one is feeling alone, they might want to consider companionship home care services from Right at Home. Become aware of when/why their feelings took place, then you will have a better idea of how you can ease feelings of loneliness. See this link for further ideas to ease loneliness. Until next time, stay safe!