Alleviate Loneliness During Coronavirus
The other day, my husband and I were queuing outside the grocery store. It was a sunny Spring day and we were enjoying the sun was shining down on us while we waited.
As we stood there with the other shoppers (all 2 meters apart, of course), a policeman strolled by. In his hand, he held a little speaker playing some beautiful Jazz.
My husband and I are both fans of Jazz, and as the policeman walked past us, we turned to him.
"Nice music," my husband said.
The policeman grinned. "The sun is shining, I'm listening to Jazz... I figure life's pretty good, right?"
What could be better? we agreed. We all shared a smile and wished each other a good day, and then he went on his way.
... So why am I sharing this?
For a brief moment, we all felt really connected.
And in a time when many of our usual connections have been lost from our daily lives, these sorts of "micro moment" interactions matter more than ever.
As you may know, I've just released an online course called Coronavirus: Coping with Anxiety and Social Isolation.
Here's a free video preview from the course.
In this video, I cover:
Is connecting via text as beneficial as via phone?
How much social connection do we really need per day to stay mentally healthy?
Some ideas for getting enough social connection during this time
Note: The worksheet and 10-minute practice mentioned in this video are available within the course.