If you’d have told me back in March that we’d still be in lockdown now, I’d have rolled my eyes and told you not to be so silly. Yet here we are… About to head into month ten of restrictions, and no end in sight. So with that in mind, today I’m sharing some ways to beat loneliness during lockdown. Read on for some tips and ideas to help you get some much needed socialisation.
Ways To Beat Loneliness During Lockdown
Regular readers of my blog will know I separated from my husband last Autumn, and now live with just my 9 year old son. He’s Autistic and non verbal, so I don’t get traditional communication from him. My 8 year old daughter lives with her Dad, and visits at the weekend, so I get more conversation than some people, admittedly.
Pick Up The Phone
This hasn’t stopped me feeling extremely lonely at times though. During the course of the past 9 months, I have found some great ways to beat loneliness during lockdown. Firstly, and probably most obviously, I have reached out to friends and family via my phone. Texting is all well and good, but you just don’t get the same connection as a phone call. So I have shocked a few people in recent months by actually telephoning them for a chat.
My best friend actually answered the phone, asking who was dead as I never EVER phone. This made me feel bad, so maybe I’ll have to keep doing this, even after lockdown ends.
Make New Connections Online
No matter what things you’re into, you can always find like minded people online. My brother, for example has joined a table top gaming forum and spent hours and hours discussing battle plans with other Warhammer fans. Another friend has joined a Dorset dating site and been chatting to other singles in her area. She’s even been out on a couple of walking dates with one of them – full social distancing was maintained, of course.
She confessed that she would never have considered online dating before lockdown. She’s loving the distraction though, and says that even if nothing comes from it, the company stopped her going crazy during lockdown.
Take Advantage Of Bubbles
If, like me you’re the only adult in your household, you can join another household as a bubble. This means you can come and go between each other’s houses (as long as none of the residents within the bubbles are part of any other bubble). For me, this meant I could see my partner who doesn’t live with me. Being able to snuggle up on the sofa once bubbles were introduced was a huge relief for me.
Another single friend has “bubbled up” with her grandmother, and they’ve spent hours tracing their family tree. I suspect this is also something they’d never have got round to doing, had it not been for lockdown.
I’ve got two dogs, so spend a fair bit of time out walking them most days. Doing this has allowed me to have a quick chat with lots of people I wouldn’t normally speak to. You don’t need a dog of your own for this, of course. Many of the people I talk to stop to fuss my dogs. So get on your trainers or walking boots and explore your local park or nature reserve. You never know who you’ll meet!