How to Manage Social Isolation

Photo by Kristina Tripkovic

Working from home, being housebound due to health conditions or self-isolation to meet deadlines can cause strain on our emotional wellbeing. Our lives get enriched through human interaction and the lack of it might go unnoticed only for that long.

One of the main issues with not changing the environment we are in is that we don’t realize how fast time passes. Losing track of time doing things that don’t benefit us is worse if we have no one around to look for advice or get support from.

Here are some tips to help you make the most out of the time that you need to spend on your on:

  • set the top two priorities for the day
  • create a plan of how to meet them
  • reward yourself with human interaction – plan a call or text/email someone
  • plan a short exercise routine
  • create a ‘feeling low kit’ with all the essentials and set a timer on how long you’re allowing yourself to feel low for

Even when we choose loneliness, it can be daunting. Reach out to people, check in on them and open up as much as you feel comfortable. The conversation around mental health has only just started and social isolation goes beyond the statistics.