We all want to improve our mental health and fight our way through the problems we’re experiencing. For so many of us, loneliness is an issue that seems unsolvable. But, with the right guidance and a will to reduce this feeling, everyone can come on the other side as a winner. That is why we’re suggesting writing as a remedy for loneliness. Yes, it may sound silly or impossible to use writing as a remedy for loneliness, but we’re here to tell you how it works. If you want to give it a try but aren’t sure it’s going to work, just keep reading. We’ll break it down together and tell you how writing can be a loneliness remedy for people of all ages. Let’s take a closer look. 1. Stop Suppressing Emotions Suppressing how we feel instead of processing it is one of the most common emotion regulation strategies that people tend to use. This strategy leads to a lot of negativity that is piled up inside us and causes us to feel lonely and lost. Writing is a great way for us to face our emotions and stop using suppression as a defense mechanism. Through writing, you can: face your emotionsget them out of your systemlose all the burden you’ve been carrying When we face and process our emotions, we immediately feel relieved and less stressed out. This creates additional space for us to embrace the positive things around us and feel less lonely. 2. Express Your Creativity Some of us feel lonely because we feel like we haven’t found our purpose in life. We feel confused without a clear path to walk on or directions that would help us find it. Writing can help, and here’s how. Creativity is one of the strongest and most motivating feelings in the world. When you're feeling creative, you're feeling energized and ready to take action. This type of positive energy can guide you towards new goals and help you feel better. Use writing to: explore your creative ideasexpress your wildest thoughtsexperiment with words, structures, and inspirationtake action Boosting your creativity can seriously help you reduce loneliness. You can even write something worth sharing with others. If you ever consider publishing anything you write, you can check out TopEssayWriting or TrustMyPaper for help with writing. Explore your creative side through writing, and you’ll reach a point of happiness, belonging, and desire to make each day better. 3. Connect With Others Loneliness can easily be classified as the modern world's pandemic. There are millions of people struggling with loneliness all over the world. If you’re one of them, you can find your connection with the world by connecting to those people. Writing gives you a chance to: write how you feelexpress your emotionsdig deep into the problem of loneliness You can choose to keep your writings just to yourself. You’ll still be making progress. Just by writing about the issue that so many people are experiencing, you’ll be deepening that sense of belonging. On the other hand, you can choose to share your writing. You can share your writing in the form of: a blog posta social media postan article Use research paper writing help to make sure your thoughts are polished for publishing. Who knows, maybe there’s someone out there who’d use a hand and find it helpful to read your perspective on the whole thing. Final Thoughts Loneliness is a serious matter that deserves your full attention. Don’t push anything under the rug and deal with it instead. Use the tips we've provided above to create your own writing strategy for reducing loneliness. Make it a regular habit and dedicate a small portion of every day to using it as a remedy for loneliness. Author: Erica Sunarjo.
The social distancing measures that have been introduced due to the global Covid-19 pandemic is causing millions of people to experience feelings of loneliness. A UK mental health survey revealed that 24% of people had feelings of loneliness during just the first two weeks of lockdown alone. In a matter of weeks, social distancing left millions of people in the UK feeling isolated. Feeling lonely can be a very distressing experience. And it can be especially so when the global situation is so uncertain and everchanging. So while social distancing is a vital step towards preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, it is crucial that we take steps to lessen the negative effects of loneliness and social isolation during the national lockdown. This article will look at six ways to combat feelings of loneliness: Volunteer Helping others can take your mind off of loneliness and shift your focus toward the greater good. And there are many ways you can pay it forward without leaving the house. One of the easiest ways is to regularly check-in with any vulnerable people in your life, such as the elderly. If you are not sure how to be a support, Helping Hands has a great article on how to support the elderly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. So whether it is official volunteering, or just assisting a neighbour, going out of your way to help can make both you and the person you’re helping feel worthwhile and connected. Find New Ways To Stay In Contact Social distancing has us all staying at home far more than usual and keeping two metres away from each other. This means we need to find new ways to connect with people and to stay in touch during this time to buffer against poor mental health. Continuously reaching out to friends and family is key during this challenging time. Whether it’s texting, phoning, or video calling, knowing that the people you care about are still a part of your life now even though you can’t see them is crucial. Take Time For Yourself Adjusting your mindset is one of the most powerful ways someone can combat feelings of loneliness. So rather than view this time as enforced separation from the world, shift your perspective so that it can become an opportunity for self-reflection, growth, and learning. The time could be spent investing in yourself. See this wealth of time as a period to tackle something that takes solitude and time. Remembering that this is temporary, that it will pass, is also a key part of adjusting your mindset. Keep Active The most effective way to protect yourself and prevent the spread of coronavirus is to stay at home. This may cause you to have to pause your normal form of exercise but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Exercise is a great way to lift your mood, reduce stress, and encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemical. There are many home exercises you can do which focus on flexibility, strength, and balance, at varying degrees of intensity. Contact Your Neighbours Getting to know the people who live around you has perhaps never been more important. It can be really reassuring and provide a feeling of safety knowing that there is someone close by who can help you if you need support. Ensure you have the correct and most up to date contact details for your closest neighbours and share yours with them too. It might be worth putting a note with your latest contact details through their letterbox. Reach Out For Support Whatever your circumstances are during lockdown, if you’re feeling isolated, know that you are not alone in your experience. If you find that it’s getting too much to cope with, don’t suffer in silence - reach out to a friend, a family member, a charity, or a mental health worker. Therapy can be a great tool for improving your mental health. A professional therapist can equip you with ways to cope more effectively with loneliness. And although in-person therapy isn’t available right now, there are other online options. The experience might be different but online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. So if you experience struggles with loneliness, take advantage of the resources out there - you don’t have to go at it alone. Author: Evelyn James.
WaveLength is the UK’s oldest Charity fighting loneliness with technology. We give radios, televisions, and tablets to people living in poverty to overcome loneliness. We support people who are lonely because of age, illness, impairment, or by circumstances which make it hard for them to leave the house or meet new people. Technology is proven to help banish loneliness and improve people’s mental health. It can bring people together, help people stay connected and feel part of their community. Our recent research shows that 4% of vulnerable people have no access to internet at home and over 1/3 of people don’t have a radio and are living alone. Since the Coronavirus outbreak, loneliness and anxiety has been heightened for millions of people in the UK and as the lockdown eases we may begin to see many vulnerable people fall into a category of high level loneliness. This means that they could become chronically lonely which is extremely problematic for their mental and physical health. During this pandemic, we run an initiative to provide the over 70s with DAB radios in England. The DAB radios include FM and a wider choice of stations, allowing you to switch over to any digital radio station you desire. In one day we received over 9,000 applications but we were only able to meet the demands of 3,000 people. The scheme has now come to an end, we are extremely thankful to everyone that helped us to make this happen, including the BBC and we are hopeful they will help us again to raise more funds in the near future. Donate to WaveLength We have been limited by Government support as unfortunately we haven't qualified for a number of their new Charity funding schemes. Your kind donations mean a lot to us, with additional funds we can continue to help people across the UK that will benefit the most from the gift of technology. To make a donation or to find out more about what we do, visit: www.wavelength.org.uk.
As the Lockdown eases in the UK, there is a risk of a loneliness epidemic. The crisis has made it increasingly difficult for people to maintain social connections especially the older adults and those with underlining health conditions as the Government has told them to ‘self-isolate’ from the outside world. What to do if you are feeling lonely during the pandemic: Donate to WaveLength Online If you have access to internet at home and/or forms of technology, going online is a great way to maintain social interactions with people. Consider doing zoom meetings with friends for supper, pub evenings, virtual sports etc. This can ease any heightened stress or anxiety you may be feeling during this crisis. Or you can visit meetup.com to help you to find people in your area who share mutual interests. Pic By Public Domain Another useful way to reduce loneliness is through social media platforms: ‘Next-door' is a street WhatsApp group which allows you to meet people within your neighbourhood.The ‘Peanut’ app is a great way of helping to maintain conversations, it connects women in motherhood and fertility.Mindfulness interventions also reduces loneliness, fostering compassion and improves communication. Mindfulness Apps are easily accessible and inexpensive, the programs are designed to monitor body experiences online and have many acceptance techniques to learn to accept and welcome even uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. There is also a number of online quizzes you can join on Facebook. Playing games with other people is one of the most common ways to take your mind off things that may be bothering you and helps you to feel less lonely. Pic By Pixabay If you don't feel comfortable interacting online with other people you may want to consider joining a yoga class.There are lots of easily accessible videos to watch on Youtube and/or classes available to join online. Taking up a Yoga class can greatly improve your mental and physical state. Or if you can’t get outdoors and/or don't yet feel safe to do so during Covid-19, why not try online countryside browsing. It’s easy to forget what the outdoors look like, when the population has only been going outside of their homes for essential food, medicine and exercise. However, countryside browsing is a useful way to distract your mind from the current situation and instead reminisce places that you enjoy or find aesthetically pleasing. Nature Nature is always your friend. Having some natural objects at home to hold and look at such as shells, stones, leafs, seedpods can be hugely beneficial to an individual’s mental health. It helps to keep your mind focused on something and it may also be a good relaxing technique. Short walks in outdoor spaces such as the park can immensely improve your mood. You could this with either a friend, a family member or on your own. Pic By Richerman While you are outside, there are lots of creative activities you may also want to consider, for example writing your names on leaves and making footpaths out of them to let people know that you were there. This may give a sense of belonging and content. Hobbies around the house Doing things that you have a passion for is one of the simplest ways to alter your feelings and emotions from negative to positive. Consider writing, focus on good events, try and write out how you feel and how you would like things to change. Or you may want to talk about it instead, with friends or family you trust either in person or over the phone. If you enjoy baking or painting this will keep you busy, making you feel less lonely and is very therapeutic. It is also a good source of stress relief. More than ever, in the current situation we need to feel like we haven't been forgotten, if you own a TV or radio at home it can help you to improve connections within your community and make you feel a part of the outside world. Pic By Senior Airman Skyler Combs Most importantly, we must remember to look out for one another, for example offering to go food shopping for a neighbour is a great way to help others out and can be really rewarding! This is a challenging time but it will pass. Eventually we will all be in each other’s company again, sharing stories, laughter and hugs. For now, we must look after each other and support others who have been experiencing loneliness during lockdown.