Wednesday, October 28, 2020

5 Tips For Managing Loneliness During Covid

These are unprecedented times of social isolation, and being in quarantine is not easy. With being in the house all day, it often brings up many painful feelings. Some feelings that can surface are anxiety, depression, irrational fears, as well as loneliness. I often feel the loneliness manifesting itself first and often, and then the other feelings follow.

One can describe isolation as being cut off from the world or loved ones, which is precisely what we are going through right now. However, we don't have to be completely cut off from the world or our loved ones; we do, however, have to reinvent how we can combat loneliness and continue to keep ourselves engaged in the world—a few ideas and recommendations to tackle loneliness.

  • ( 1) Write a list of all the things you have always wanted to do but never had time to do them. We have all the time in the world right now. When is the next time we will have this time? Use it as an opportunity to think about what is next for you. Maybe you always wanted to go back to college; perhaps you wanted to learn another language, a perfect time is now! Start your research.
  • (2) Start a virtual book club. I have a social book club that I started a few months ago and absolutely loved it. The purpose was for women to meet other women socially and read, which is two things that I love to do. I still love to read and enjoy being socially active, and so does my book club members, so we changed it to online via zoom, so we can always discuss the books and still engage socially with one another. We had one for the first time last month online, and we laughed and enjoyed the hour-long discussion.
  • (3) Do a zoom family or friends party online. Or even better schedule a zoom or FaceTime get together with family members or friends that you have not spoken to in some time.
  • (4) Do an online yoga or exercise class. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, anxiety, and keeps the heart pumping, which is what we need during these stressful times.
  • (5) If you're having difficulty with loneliness, anxiety, or depression lasting more than a few days, it might be time for you to reach out to a therapist that can assist you in managing some of these difficult feelings.

There is no shame in seeking help! We are in complicated times, and that's why we're here. Many therapists have transitioned into telehealth, and most insurance companies have waived copayments to make obtaining therapy more accessible. A few websites to look for a therapist are "Psychology Today, or "Therapy For Black Girls," as well as therapy for black men.

Katiuscia Gray

LCSW-R, CYT( certified yoga teacher) Mind meets Movement Counseling Services, PLLC & Telehealth Therapist


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