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Loneliness during Covid-19 Pandemic: Useful Tips and Advice

These rooms got a lot of space crowded but a lonely place.

We are all at our own pace. This forced physical isolation has made our minds haze!

Lockdown and corona have made us all drift away from our friends and family and confiscated to the four walls of our houses or say room. This makes many of us feel lonely for the worse or alone and fulfilled for the better.

The whole point that we need to identify is whether we are lonely or hiding from the world and pretending that we are doing fine, and it’ll be alright.

We should ask for help, it’s just not you and me. The pandemic has a significant effect over every human in this world and, that’s a way of how each one of us perceives it and takes it on ourselves. That not always means that we have to be harsh on ourselves. Seeking help or asking for assistance isn’t a sign of being weak or defeat. It’s a call for help for support, and that’s what everyone is to support each other and mend their old blockages and have a clean and clear mind to move forward ahead.

As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more of us are making considerable changes to our daily routines.

The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues take time to get used to. Adapting to lifestyle changes such as these, and managing the fear of contracting the virus and worrying about people close to us who are particularly vulnerable, are challenging for us. They can be particularly tricky for people with mental health conditions.

Fortunately, there are lots of things that we can do to look after our mental health and to help others who may need some extra support and care.

Here are tips and advice that we hope you will find useful.

Keep informed

Listen to advice and recommendations from your national and local authorities. Follow trusted news channels, such as local and national TV and radio, and keep up-to-date with the latest news from @WHO on social media.

Have a routine

Keep up with daily routines as far as possible, or make new ones.

· Get up and go to bed at similar times every day.
· Keep up with personal hygiene.
· Eat healthy meals at regular times.
· Exercise regularly.
· Allocate sufficient time for work and rest also.
· Make time to do things you enjoy.

Minimize newsfeeds

Try to reduce how much you watch, read, or listen to news that makes you feel anxious or distressed. Seek the latest information at specific times of the day, once or twice a day.

Social contact is essential

If your movements are restricted, keep regular contact with people close to you by telephone and online channels.

Alcohol and drug usage

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink or don’t drink alcohol at all. Don’t start drinking alcohol if you have not tried alcohol before. Avoid using alcohol and drugs to deal with fear, anxiety, boredom, and social isolation.

There is no evidence of any protective effect of drinking alcohol for viral or other infections. The opposite is exact as the harmful use of alcohol is associated with increased risk of infections and worse treatment outcomes. And be aware that alcohol and drug use may prevent you from taking sufficient precautions to protect yourself against infection, such as compliance with hand hygiene.

Screen time

Be aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen every day. Make sure that you take regular breaks from on-screen activities.

Video games

While video games can be a way to relax, it can be tempting to spend much more time on them than usual when at home. Be sure to keep the right balance with off-line activities in your daily routine.

Social media

Use your social media accounts to promote positive and hopeful stories. Correct misinformation wherever you see it.

Help others

If you can offer support to people in your community who may need it, such as helping them with food shopping, etc.

Support health workers

Take opportunities online or through your community to thank your country’s health-care workers and all those working to respond to COVID-19.

Don’t discriminate

Fear is a normal reaction in situations of uncertainty.

But sometimes concern is expressed in that ways which are hurtful to other people.

Remember:  

  • Be kind. Don’t discriminate against people because of your fears of the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Don’t discriminate against people who you think may have coronavirus.
  • Don’t discriminate against health workers. Health workers deserve our respect and gratitude.
  • COVID-19 has affected people from many countries. Don’t attribute it to any specific group.

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