It has been awhile, hasn't it? During this pandemic, instead of having months and months of down time, I've been more occupied than ever! Between the professional and personal, there has been a persistent flow of activity; all important and good stuff, creating positive communication, effective coaching, and loving care for the dear people in my life, but causing a TOTAL consumption of time!!!
Life has always had it's challenges. No matter who you are, something is not going right. But this pandemic has offered a
variety of new ones. Isolation is one of those challenges. Many people are feeling totally alone, especially those who are single. Think! Before, most got human interaction through their work interactions, after work drinks, dinners, the gyms, athletic clubs, etc. With most of these closed down, many people working from home, and a good number with no close family nearby, here you have the ideal situation for depression and despair. Many in this situation tend to think that they're the only ones feeling this way, and as a result they don't do anything about it. Instead of seeking ways of having community, they don't want to be a BOTHER!! So, the sad feelings worsen; the entire situation worsens.
Today, I'm making two points:
1. If you are one of the lucky people who is NOT feeling isolated, please take up the mission of reaching out to a person who you KNOW is OR might be because you haven't seen the person or talked to him or her in a very long time. How?
* Make a list!
* Call a person a day; or even invite for a walk, or some other activity.
* Have a zoom meet-up or other platform to encourage more engagement.
2. If you are one of the people feeling ISOLATED, remember what I just said, you are not the ONLY one feeling that way.
* Call someone just to talk (co-worker, friend, distant relative, neighbor)
* Initiate an outdoor visit
* Volunteer at an organization that you might be interested in
* Exercise! Join an outdoor exercise class.
* Research some 'meet-ups' in your area and then ATTEND a few.
* Look up virtual book clubs or art clubs then TRY one or two.
* Zoom or facetime with friends, or acquaintances.
People are meant to interact in social groups. If we don't for too long, we begin to wilt, shrivel and DIE! We can find ways to interact with the people we know, meet new people and have fun. We can do ALL THIS while still being safe, not just for ourselves but for the good and well being of others. So, the final message is, REACH OUT!
I wish you FUN and peace!!
By Anna Nowaczewski