In today’s digital world when we are connected on line but not as often in person, people can often feel a disconnect with others. In addition, many self-employed people that work from their home or a small office can feel isolated. And now with Covid-19, we are stuck at home and not getting out like we used to.

Here’s what you can do to change your thoughts to feeling supported:

Turn up the music, listen to a podcast, or turn a TV show on for background noise. When you are by yourself it is sometimes very nice to just have silence or to listen for nature outside. Other times though, having some noise in the background can help stimulate or relax you in youe alone time.

Schedule time with others. Meet at in or FB chat groups, they both provide easy ways to converse. You can just sit and talk, cook together over the screen, or even do art.

Meet a neighbor or friend 6 ft. apart for a walk outside. Short walks or breaks out in nature can provide a sense of purpose because nature engages your five senses differently than being inside, looking at a computer screen, or cleaning your house.

Talk to a parent, counselor, doctor, or friend if you notice you are alone more than normal. It’s okay to want to be alone or are an introvert. An introvert is a person who gains energy from being alone and loses energy in stimulating environments. But if you are avoiding situations altogether, find out from a professional when that can be unhealthy.

Join a community group, club sport, or activity! By getting involved in your community, you have an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. Here are a couple ideas: Take a cooking class. Try yoga or a fitness class that are taking Covid-19 precautions. Wear your mask. Get a personal trainer that meets on zoom or has live FB classes. Start a book club. Do an art class.

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