Dealing with Isolation When You Live Alone
Isolation at home when you live alone can be a lot harder than when you have family or roommates to bond with. This time when you are pretty much completely isolated from other people might cause panic, stress, worsened anxiety, and a disconnect from society in general.
Here are some ways to cope.
Add Self-Care to Your Daily Routine
You probably already know that having a routine is going to help a lot if you are in quarantine or self-isolating, especially if you are living alone. But one thing that helps even more is when you add some self-care to your routine. If you are working from home, you need breaks every day where you focus on your own needs. One day, this might mean going for a walk or doing an indoor workout. Other days, you might want to read for fun or take a bath. What it is doesn’t matter, as long as it makes you feel better, happier, and more relaxed.
Socialise Online or Through Video Chats
Remember that you are physical distancing, not social distancing. You should still connect with others, get and give support, and keep socializing as much as you can. This might mean talking to your friends through social media, texting or calling your loved ones, or even using the various video conferencing programs out there. It can make you feel connected, even though you are at home alone.
Learn Something New
Make a list of anything you have been wanting to learn, but haven’t dedicated the time because you were too busy with other things. This might be a foreign language or sign language, a new skill, playing an instrument, or perfecting a handstand. Now is the time to practice and learn something new! You are at home alone with all this free time, so why not take full advantage?
Take Time to Journal and Self-Reflect
Journaling is beneficial throughout the year no matter what you’re doing but can be even more therapeutic while in quarantine or if you are alone at home for any other reason. Your journal allows you to self-reflect, explore how you are feeling, discover ways to improve your life right now, set goals, and find clarity. Try to dedicate at least a few minutes every day to write in your journal. You can use journaling prompts, write about a specific topic, or just write about whatever comes to your mind.