Loneliness is a gap between the social connections we have, and the social connections we want. So right now, it’s no surprise that more of us are reporting feeling lonely than ever before.
Making new friends and connections, and keeping in touch with friends, family and neighbours is difficult at the moment. But there are some things you can do keep connected while staying safe during the pandemic.
Technology can help you stay connected
Set up a WhatsApp group with your friends and family. Schedule in a video call with an old friend. Share how you’re getting on and ask other people how they are. See if you can keep up hobbies or interests online.
The telephone is a great way to keep in touch
If you, or the person you’re connecting with is less confident with technology, use the phone. Call your friends, colleagues and relatives regularly on the phone and see how they are. Because the telephone is one-on-one it can be a great way to talk about more deep and meaningful things, or just have a chat and a laugh.
Get involved in your community
Use Nextdoor to see how you can help out in your local area, or ask for help if you need some support collecting groceries. Take that bit of extra time to chat with neighbours over the garden fence or when you’re out for a walk.
Take time for yourself
Take time each day to connect with yourself. Cook your favourite meal, run a long bath or sit down on the sofa catch-up with a TV series. Connecting with other people can be tiring, so make sure you spend time looking after yourself, resting and relaxing.
There is more advice and support on the advice page of the Let’s Talk Loneliness website or if you want more advice and support:
The older person’s charity Independent Age have released a series of FAQs, answering common Coronavirus questions and concerns.
You can also speak to Independent Age on their free helpline – on 0800 319 6789. Please be aware the helpline is closed weekends and bank holidays.
If you’re feeling anxious or worried about Coronavirus the charity Mind have some great advice and guidance on their website
Find out how to make a difference in your local area using these tips from Eden Communities.