Let your loved one know that you’re there to listen. Hold back judgment or unwanted advice, and simply be an ear. It will help them to know that they can speak to you openly, and that it’s okay to be repetitive with fears or thoughts. Let them know that they can call or text you any time to talk.
Humans are social creatures and we don’t do well in isolation. Many of us have felt like prisoners in solitary confinement because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. And many of us have been feeling our own mental anguish from this isolation.
With this in mind, here are some tips for coping with social isolation:
One of the most common reason people experience depression during this time of year is:
Financial hardship – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, unless your bank account is overdrawn and your credit cards maxed out. Not having a budget to buy loved ones presents, especially our children, can feel devastating.
No matter how good you look in a bathing suit or how “ripped” you may be, or how low your cholesterol is if you aren’t mentally healthy, your life is negatively impacted. Be sure to treat yourself as kindly as you do your loved ones. See the good in you and practice self-care and self-compassion every day.