In this time of physical isolation and social distancing, it is easy to feel alone. We have to remember that the distance is meant to be physical, not social. Human beings are wired to need to connect with others. We need interaction with people to fill our lives.
Even though times are challenging, “We don’t have to do it alone.”
There are so many ways to be able to reach out to people, no matter your individual circumstance. If you need to totally isolate yourself due to a medical or personal situation, make friends with technology to zoom groups for virtual happy hours or group game nights, If you’re a techno phobe, call a friend and tell them you’re thinking of them. Write a letter or a card and make someone’s day brighter when they go to the mailbox. If you are able to get out to grocery shop or walk socially distanced, don’t let your mask make you feel anonymous. People can totally tell when you smile with a mask. It shows in your eyes. Put a friendly hand up to wave to a neighbor. Thank the service worker you pass. It means a lot to all of us to share the small moments of connection that are available to us. Most of all, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and acquaintances to let them know you’re lonely.
These are challenging times that stress us in a multiple of ways. “We don’t have to do it alone. We were never meant to.”