Loneliness doesn't always have a clear cause. Sometimes, even when we see people every day, we can still feel alone if we aren't seeing the right people who encourage us and make us feel safe. During times of social distancing, it is natural to feel lonely. Even if you are around your family or regularly talking to people on the phone, your support system has still probably taken a hit. Your daily routine is different now, and you might not be able to do some of the things that give you your sense of purpose. And while it helps to know you aren't the only one going through this, it's still easy to feel isolated in it. Luckily, there are things you can do that help. Jennifer Savin from Cosmopolitan put together this article, 11 self-isolating women on how they're preventing loneliness, to give you some ideas from other women who are experiencing the same struggles right now.
1. "Me and my friends plan to do group video calls so we can chat and eat our lunch together in our PJs."
2. "I'm trying to reach out to people I haven't spoken to in months, just to get the conversation going again – maybe try to have longer phone chats with friends who live outside my province or even country. I've always been aware that I'm the friend whom people like to hang out with, but not necessarily get very deep with, and I'm really starting to feel the consequences and limitations of all that by this point in my life."
3. "Considering I have no nearby friends, I'm just trying to get lost in the comforts of Hollywoodland. Fortunately, old movies, my favourite, are the easiest to find for free."
4. "I’m avoiding the gym right now, so discovering new at-home workouts and yoga has been fun for me. I’ve been picking different topics I want to learn more about and researching/finding documentaries on those topics. I’m planning to declutter a bit too."
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