Isolation is being talked about a lot at the moment due to the current pandemic we are facing and the lock-down rules. Feeling isolated is a very real problem, leading to loneliness and low self esteem.

It is important to recognise that anyone can feel isolated. Whether you are living alone, or have a house full of people.

Maybe you feel like you can’t talk to your partner because you are trying to keep everyone going through this. It can seem like others have a better handle on this than you, and you don’t want to bring them down. Maybe you feel like a burden. These feelings make you feel more isolated and are exactly the reason why it is really important to talk.

If you don’t know who to talk to BetterHelp can help. They are just a click or a phone call away, and can help you with feeling isolated or lonely.

We all need to look out for each other, and reaching out to people during this time could help someone who is feeling isolated. There are so many ways to do this.

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Just don’t do it like this right now, obvs!

Messaging

I am so rubbish at replying to messages. I have every intention of doing it, but then one of the kids asks for something, and whilst trying to find that something I end up reorganising something else. Suddenly it’s time to make their tea and I’ve completely forgotten about the message I haven’t yet replied to.

I am trying to be better at replying. I am also trying to reach out. Even if it’s a quick share of a meme that made me laugh via Whatsapp. I know when people share things with me it really lifts my mood. So pinging a quick, “Miss your face” takes seconds and can turn someone’s day around.

Calls

Make the time for a proper chat with someone. Whether it’s via Zoom or the old fashioned away. An evening of putting the world to rights and lots of belly laughs does wonders for the soul. Get a takeaway with a friend via Zoom. You can almost forget you are not in the same room, and it really helps to feel connected.

Letters

The kids were doing great at sending letters and drawings to family members. Then I ran out of stamps and can’t seem to get anymore! Family members have sent them pictures to colour in and they have loved it.

Text messages are great. But there is nothing like the personal feel of a letter and reading it over and over again. Plus it’s always reason to smile when the postman delivers something other than a bill.

Gifts

I sent my parents an jigsaw to keep them occupied and stop them from falling off ladders (true story). They have sent to boys craft supplies to ease the boredom and save my sanity.

There are some great small companies out there that we need to keep in business, so if you can afford to send someone a little something to let them know you are thinking of them, do it. You can find some great ideas in this post I put together.

Care Packages

Sharing the twentieth batch of banana bread with your neighbours by leaving some on their doorstep. Passing on the book you have just finished. Picking up an extra pint in the Supermarket and dropping it on someones doorstep. There are so many small things we can do to show someone we are thinking of them, we miss them, and they are not alone.

This post is sponsored by BetterHelp.

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