This year has been a difficult one for many reasons, and Melbournians may be beginning to feel the strain of social isolation. If you are feeling lonely and overwhelmed by so much time spent stuck at home, Mary Magalotti and the Life Resolutions team have some advice to help you manage.
1.Stick to a routine
If you take time to plan your day in the mornings, it will be easier to stay on task. Try to maintain normality by getting up at the same time each day, eating lunch away from your workspace, and scheduling in regular exercise.
If you are feeling lonely or low, avoid using alcohol to help you cope. Try instead taking your mind off the issue with another task or speaking to a friend. If frequent drinking is a problem for you, reach out and seek professional support.
3.Keep moving and active
When we exercise, the body releases endorphins, a kind of hormone proven to lift the mood. If you are feeling down, even light exercise such as a short walk or some stretches can help you feel better.
4.Get enough sleep
Sleep is the body’s time to repair and restore our mind for the next day, so getting a sufficient amount is paramount in staying both physically and mentally healthy. If you have trouble falling asleep, remember to avoid any caffeine or bright lights before bed.
Although it is undoubtably hard to be separated from friends and family, technology can help us stay in touch. Schedule in weekly Zoom chats and enjoy your dinner together virtually or set up an online movie club and review them with friends.
If you are struggling with loneliness, a low mood or anxiety, the Life Resolutions team are here to help. Book an appointment with our team today.