Protecting Yourself From Isolation
I know of no more potent killer than isolation. There is no more destructive influence on physical and mental health than the isolation of you from me and of us from them. -Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Use technology to connect with others. Even though it is different than being physically present, there are many great apps and tools to help you stay connected like House Party, Microsoft Teams, Band, FaceTime, Marco Polo, social media platforms, and the like.
Use the internet to continue participating with your social clubs. In a technologically advanced world such as ours, you can join groups online such as exercise, church, social clubs, and the like. No it is not the same, but it is still effective to be a part of something larger than yourself or your household.
Spend time with a therapist, trained coach, or mentor. A trained professional can help you process isolation and develop strategy to overcome the pangs of isolation and the negative effects it has on your physical and mental health.
Exercise. At minimum, go outside (bundle up if need be), and walk around the block for 15 minutes. Do push-ups, sit-ups, or simple exercises that you can do in your home. Join online exercise groups that are provided at a gym. Be sure to move your body.
Eat more healthy. It is easy to eat poorly when you are isolated and stuck inside. Be careful to select healthy ways to eat and limit the amount you eat.
Connect with neighbors. Now is a good time to “Tool Time it” with your neighbor using a fence between you!
Make a virtual lunch date with friends. Use the online options to connect with a find while eating.
Host a virtual game night with friends. Again, use the online apps and options to set up a time to meet with others for fun. If sports can pull off draft nights, we can pull off game nights.
Take time to disconnect from technology. When your best options to connect with others involve screens, you need time for your brain to cool down. So take up a hobby like puzzles, art, music, and the like. Learn a new skill and practice it.
There are many other ways to keep from becoming isolated, as well as healthy activity to promote physical and wellness. Now is the time to be creative! Google some other ideas. Ask people what they are doing. Check social media for other ideas.
Do what you can to avoid isolation. Be safe. Be well. Let me know if I can help.