It can be difficult when dealing with uncertainties in life and with these lockdown restrictions in place, millions of people have spent the first month of 2021 alone.
With the mass vaccination programme having been rolled out across the UK, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you or anyone you know is experiencing loneliness, just know that there are others who are sharing the same experiences.
Here are 5 tips to help you get through the winter lockdown:
Learning Something New
If you want to do something that would take your mind off other things, finding a new hobby or learning something new can be a good way. Whether it’s learning a new language or enjoying some arts and crafts, there are plenty of free online courses to help you get started.
You may want to consider joining an online class if you prefer learning with others. Now that video conferencing technology is widely available, learning a new language or new skills with others has never been easier.
Exercising is known to be beneficial for mental and physical health, so perhaps you may want to try walking, jogging, or even cycling. With the current lockdown rules, you are able to exercise with one other person from another household in your local area, so you could exercise and talk with someone to help tackle loneliness.
An alternative to this is to exercise indoors and take part in an indoor class where you can interact with other people in an online environment.
Talk to Colleagues
Now that many of us may be working from home, it can get lonely sometimes when there is no one around to discuss projects with, especially when you’re used to working in a busy environment.
If you’re feeling disconnected from the team, you could try suggesting a virtual team workshop. An online team building session may be just what you and many others need to get through this period. It’s also a fun way to connect with your colleagues and build better relationships.
Talk to Someone on the Phone
Everyone needs someone to talk to, but everyone may not have that someone. If you’re feeling lonely, making new friends and having a chat with someone is the best way to put a smile on your face and theirs too.
There is a telephone befriending service called ‘The Silver Line’, which operates in the UK. They help connect those who are elderly and experiencing loneliness with those who are willing to volunteer their time for a friendly chat. With the current situations, recruits are needed now, more than ever. If you would like to volunteer for as little as half an hour a week, click here to learn more.
If you’d like to dedicate more of your time as a befriender to support those who may be struggling with lockdown, please read more information about the service and how it can help here.
About Stuart Mosley
Stuart Mosley (CeFA, CeMap, CLTM) founded SJ Financial Solutions in June 2005 having spent 12 years with big corporates such as Halifax and Santander. He felt the personal touch and straight speaking was missing from financial and mortgage advice services and set up SJ Financial Solutions to change this.
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