Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia –
After going through a tough and difficult 2020, maybe this year some people choose not to have as many celebrations or grandiose resolutions like the previous years.
There is only hope to always be healthy and soon be able to gather as before. However, until now the vaccine is still in the development stage, its administration is still in stages.
There is no definite sign when the pandemic will end. Taste lonely This is even more pronounced because distance restrictions reduce direct interaction with close relatives.
Before sinking deeper into loneliness, you can deal with loneliness in a healthy way.
1. Avoid bad habits
“When you feel lonely, your mood drops and you can easily fall into unhelpful habits (such as withdrawing from other people, spending too long on the internet, eating foods that don’t make us feel good, drinking too much. ), “explained clinical psychologist, Jessamy Hibberd, quoted from Women’s Health Magazine.
He added, “The most important thing to do is take care and be kind to yourself.”
Instead, choose activities that can improve mood. Try to assign activities or little things to fun every day such as journaling, listening podcasts or just yoga to relax.
2. Know what to control
Have you ever woken up feeling uncomfortable?
This mixed feeling should be taken for a moment, then start thinking about what you can do and can’t do.
“Recognizing and jotting down things you can change and influence and things you can’t change is worth keeping,” says psychotherapist and author of ‘This Too Shall Pass, Julia Samuel.
In the midst of uncertainty, you need to remember that there is still something you can control.
3. Find support
Admittedly, pandemics make it difficult for people to connect physically. It’s just that, you can still connect with those who support the system through various media.
“It’s important to stay in touch with people you love or are close to and people you can rely on, when you need emotional support,” says therapist and founder of Culture Minds Therapy, Sharnade George.
To stay connected, the way to communicate must be right. A phone call is much more ‘nutritious’ than just a comment on a social media post.
According to Jeffrey Hall, professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, said the gold standard is face-to-face followed by phone calls.
“After this is sending text messages and instant messages and lastly comes social media,” he added.
Pack your day with feeling better. Include hobbies such as cooking, painting, drawing, listening to music or singing.
George says these activities can help focus the mind and have a calming effect on the brain and body.
“Being creative can help reduce anxiety and stress, by releasing happy hormones like dopamine,” he says.
George goes on to say, “It can also help individuals recognize their feelings by being able to express themselves in ways that may be difficult to express in words.”
5. Set a routine
Samuel suggests setting up a routine. Routines will help you stick to something definite, for example, getting out of bed for a little exercise before breakfast, then for a moment in meditation after work and reading a book before bed.
6. Social media is not always reliable
Jessamy believes that a relationship on social media will be the same as communicating on the phone or meeting in person.
It takes an extra effort to call someone instead of commenting under a photo upload or sending a DM.
Building relationships through social media is easy but taking the extra step will yield a much bigger reward.
“On the phone you can hear the warmth in other people’s voices and listen to their verbal cues,” he said.
7. Just breathe
Both exercise and breathing exercises will help reduce anxiety due to uncertainty.
Samuel said, you can get the double benefit, namely the body is fitter and reduced anxiety.
You don’t have to exercise, actually doing something fun can help overcome anxiety.
(els / agn)