While you may be alone at home, you are not alone in this.
1. Remember that it’s a feeling, not a fact.
Loneliness is a feeling, not a fact. Even if you are alone at home, you are not alone in this world. There are people who love you and care about you. If you start feeling lonely, try to think rationally, think about the people who love you: your family and friends. It’s just a feeling, not a fact.
2. Reach out to others.
Just because you’re stuck at home on your own, it doesn’t mean you can’t talk to your loved ones. Your friends and family are just a phone call away. Technology now allows us to see each other through video calls, so whenever you’re feeling lonely, reach out to people. You may react by isolating yourself even more, which will only amplify the negative feelings, so don’t.
3. Spend some time to get to know yourself.
Use this ‘opportunity’ to know yourself better. Try new things, discover new hobbies, or practice some old passions you’ve forgotten about. We often put aside some of our hobbies, when they aren’t shared by our friends. Many of our ‘likes’ are borrowed from our social circle, as we tend to do more of the activities shared by our friends, out of the need to belong. Now’s a good chance to rediscover what you really like and do more of what makes you happy.
4. Help others, to lessen your attention to your negative thoughts.
Take your mind away from negative feelings like loneliness by helping others. Check on your friends and acquaintances who may be dealing with anxiety and depression, as they may need someone to talk to. Donate money if you can, as the whole world needs support during this crisis.
5. Get busy.
There are plenty of things to do around each house, and now you have the time. So, get busy. Clean your home, read books, cook, bake some cakes, sort your closet, watch movies, do anything you can to stay busy. This will be over soon, and who knows when you’ll get so much free time again? Be strong! You are not alone! We’re all in this together.