Social Connection during Social Isolation
If you are feeling lonely during these difficult times of social isolation, you are not alone. But, luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to connect with people and form new friendships, even during times of social isolation. We’ve collated just a few of these to get you started.
Life Resolutions’ five tips to make friends while physically distancing:
1. Reach out to old friends – remember that old friend from school or work that you slowly drifted away from? Why not reach out? Check-in with how they’re going with social isolation and what is new in their life. Often reconnecting with old friends is far more comfortable than making new connections as you already have a basis of friendship and trust – making them the perfect contender for a social isolation friendship!
2. Utilise online resources – the Internet is an incredible thing and provides people with a platform to connect with like-minded people from around the world. There are several resources to make new friends via the Internet, for example, you can join Facebook groups according to your interests and reach out to like-minded people there, or you could even try one of the many friends making apps available, such as Bumble BFF, Skout, or Hey!VINA. These resources are a great way to make friends outside of your usual circle and to connect with more like-minded people.
3. Deepen friendships with acquaintances – we all have a couple of people in our lives that we really want to become closer with but just don’t see enough of, this is the perfect time to reach out to them! Just sending a simple message to an acquaintance can put you on the path of friendship, they’re likely craving new friendships and the opportunity to socialise just like you!
4. Ask your friends or family members to “friend match” you – people are always setting their loved ones up romantically, so why not ask them for a platonic setup! Let your loved ones know that you’re looking to expand your circle and would like to connect to more people, and they’ll very likely have a potential friend in mind.
5. Make new friends with people in your “lockdown life” – do you get on well with your local barista? Are you starting to see your neighbour a little more often? Why not work at connecting more deeply with these people that are already present in your daily lockdown life? Ask them to join you for a virtual coffee or wine, or even just put more effort into getting to know them during your socially distanced encounters, you may get along better than you’d expect!
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The Life Resolutions team are dedicated to providing quality support to Australians during this difficult time. Our CEO, Jodie Brenton and principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti, understand that social isolation is contributing to an increase in mental health issues and are committed to providing the services to help anyone in need of support.
If you would like to hear more about the journey of Life Resolutions or speak to Mary Magalotti or Jodie Brenton, feel free to contact us HERE, or head to the Life Resolutions website to discover more about the work of Life Resolutions Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti.