Feeling isolated? #TakeItOnline to tackle loneliness
Staying connected with the wider world, and avoiding feelings of isolation and loneliness can be a challenge at the best of times, but – for many of us – being stuck at home by ourselves if fast becoming the new normal.
As public health strategies to combat the Covid-19 pandemic shut down our social spaces, and our anxiety ramps up, it can feel as if our normal methods of communication and interaction are no longer available to us.
Here’s some tips to try and keep everything in perspective and to help get you through however long this period of uncertainty continues for.
Use the technology
Your phone unlocks a world of communication and interaction.
Even if you don’t have friends or family close-by or in the same time-zone, online communication was how we got most things done long before Covid-19 pulled the rug out from our daily lives.
Gaydar – the online dating specialists – are encouraging everyone to #TakeItOnline. You may not be able to go to your local cafe, your local bar, or your local bathhouse, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t chat with guys, have a few virtual dates, or join in online chatrooms to keep yourself entertained during extended periods of enforced isolation.
Don’t beat yourself up about being by yourself or isolated
Covid-19 is a virus. It’s not your fault. It’s not anyone else’s fault. We’re all in this together and trying to navigate our way through.
Try not to get angry, upset, or frustrated. Stay calm and focus on the facts.
Obviously, that’s easier to say than to do. If you feel your anxiety rising, try and identify and articulate those emotions. Take a break from what you’re doing, go for a shower, do some sit-ups, masturbate – something to take your mind off the frustrations of being isolated.
When it feels like the world is spinning out of control, it can be tempting to go on a bit of a bender, but that can go badly wrong if you’re by yourself and not in the best head-space.
If you feel yourself heading to a bit of a low-point, drugs or alcohol aren’t going to make you feel better – they’ll only accelerate you spiralling out of control.
Be proactive – remove the temptations and activate your support networks to help get you back on track.
Staying in is the new going out
What will you post on Instagram if you’re not going out and living it large? Set yourself some challenges to entertain yourself and your followers.
Maybe it’s a make-up look that you’ve been wanting to try? Why not run an online poll about some of your more controversial wardrobe choices? Maybe this is the time to start a fan-subscription channel and unleash your inner-exhibitionist?
People aren’t mind readers
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you’re looking at your phone and wondering why you’re not being flooded with messages, why not take the first step and reach out to the people that you know?
Is there some way that you can help your friends and family?
Covid-19 doesn’t have to make us all victims, but it does mean we’ve got to be a bit proactive and a bit innovative.
Get your phone out and put it to work – let’s all #TakeItOnline