Tips to tackle loneliness
We know that this is a difficult time for a lot of people. However, it can be extremely difficult for those who live on their own and already feel isolated. Here are some tips that we have put-together too try and help make isolating that little bit easier.
Make use of technology
For some, computers and mobile phones are still very alien, but they are key in helping keep our minds active. You can do so much more than text or call from your mobile so why not take this time to explore the technology in your hands? There are millions of apps at your fingertips. You can listen to audiobooks, learn a new language, download crosswords and pick up a new hobby all from your mobile phone.
Accessing the internet and social media from your phone, laptop, tablet or Smart TV means that you can take part in live fitness classes, dance classes, the weekly pub quiz and lots more and not only that but you can play along with your mates by access many of the online conference call facilities.
Pick up the phone
Yeah, your mobile phone also still makes calls! Picking up the phone and chatting with family and friends is important. If you’re feeling lonely or isolated a face to face call can pick up your mood and make you feel less alone. Perhaps organising a weekly movie night via video call might help you and your friends feel closer together.
Start a new hobby
As we’re spending more and more time at home, it seems the perfect time to start a new hobby – blow the dust of the knitting needles, dig out the magic set Aunty June bought the kids for Christmas or learn chopsticks on the Casio keyboard you haven’t seen since 1986. Use this time to slow down a little and do something you’ve been promising yourself for years – it also helps keep your mind active.
Kirklees Libraries buildings may be closed at the moment but staff are still hard at work. They have over 20,000 e-books and other resources available to access. A great opportunity to start your own virtual book club with friends. Visit www.kirklees.gov.uyk/libraries and join today.
There are hundreds of free online home workouts available out and many of them do not require exercise equipment. It’s up to you what form of exercise you chose – it could be Tai Chi, HIIT or chair Zumba, the options are endless. It’s also important that you utilise your once a day exercise outside, if possible. The fresh air and change of scenery will help with your wellbeing and state of mind. Guidelines state that you can go on your own or with others in your household only.
Letting someone know you’re feeling lonely is the first step in feeling less isolated and alone. If you don’t want to talk to your friends about how you are feeling there are lots of organisations that you can call. Visit http://socsi.in/bgSko for more information.