During lockdown many of us have experienced isolation in some way. Some of us more profoundly than others. The extraordinary circumstances we’ve found ourselves in for so many months have highlighted just how much even small daily connections with people matter and make a difference to our wellbeing.
Virtual connections during this time have been crucial and we’ve learnt to be grateful for the technology that supports communications with separated loved ones, friends and colleagues although the seemingly endless video calls have created a new kind of fatigue. They’ve been a lifeline but it’s left us missing the spark of human connection that can only be truly experienced when meeting up with people face to face.
Feelings of anxiety, fatigue, depression and stress are common. People with pre-existing mental health problems are particularly vulnerable at this time, even as the lockdown restrictions ease.
Isolation on any level can be be really damaging for our mental and emotional wellbeing. So what can we do about it?
Focus on Friendships
30th July is the United Nation’s International Day of Friendship! On July 30, we give our gratitude for those relationships worldwide, as they promote and encourage peace, happiness, and unity.
It’s a great time to connect with and appreciate friends old and new.
Sharing with friends and reaching out has a big positive impact on our mental health. Even when both are feeling low, friends can lift each other up.
Take time to talk
July is Samaritans Talk to Us campaign. It’s a timely reminder that even if you don’t have family or friends close by, you are never alone. Samaritans volunteers are here for youÃ‚ every day of the year, round the clock.
Talking about how you’re feeling can help put things into perspective and help you to feel more positive about the future.
Get outside and connect to nature
If you’re feeling isolated take some time to go outside and connect with the world around you. It’s a hugely healing experience. If this is something new for you why not try out one of Corrine’s Fresh Air Fridays podcasts you can take outside and listen to. Or try some Forest Bathing with Adore Your Outdoors.
If you need help, ask for it
It’s ok to ask for help if you’re struggling. Reach out to your support network if you are having a hard time. If you feel like you need some extra help or support there is so much available to help your mental health.
Here’s our top recommendations:
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help you tackle what’s holding you back
- Coaching to help you reconnect with what you are missing
- Mindfulness to help you connect to your surroundings and boost your mental health
- Acupuncture for stress and anxiety (virtual and face to face sessions now available – find out more about the virtual sessions here)
- Distance healing – connection from afar with Mike, Heather or Diana
- Sound healing – connecting with sounds that help raise our body’s vibration and encourage deep relaxation and healing
There are so many different ways you can make connections and combat those feelings of isolation. You are not alone.