I know how you feel. I live alone in Melb. I have missed the human interactions too. And my favourite thing - getting a massage. Just that human touch.
I know this can feel hopeless. I had many feelings of hopelessness last year. And I get set back each subsequent lockdown. We went from people celebrating a zero day to a lockdown the next.
I've had to try really hard to stay connected but things that I've tried are:
- Social networking app to find friends in your 5km. I used Bumble BFF and met another lady in a park that we both could reach within the rules. We keep our 1.5 between us but it's refreshing to have that in-person interaction. Is that an option for you?
- For friends not in your bubble, an option is to watch movies, eat meals and walk 'together'. I had a partner last year in Sydney and we spent 8months separated by covid. we cooked the same recipes once a week then ate together by FaceTime or pressed play on Netflix at the same time and watched a movie together while also on FaceTime. One time I created a historical tour of his neighbourhood and got him to walk to various landmarks and I'd tell him a bit about eg an old house or monument.
- I joined a free weekly laughing yoga class through Eventbrite. The buzz stayed with me until the next day!
- Local gyms do online classes and they're often cheaper than in person rates. That's a nice way to connect with your neighbourhood.
- Fresh air really does wonders. I know it's a pain wearing a mask outside - but I generally feel much better afterwards.
- Also, some people here like to feel offended when Dr Coatsworth suggested last year that Melburnians should make their beds each day to feel better. I see how some could take it the wrong way but I also understand the value of simple things like this and sticking to a routine. It's strange how I feel a little better in the morning when I leave my room tidy. Are there some items you could put into a list, achievable goals for the day, and feel the satisfaction of ticking them off one by one? Eg 1) Fuss over the cat for a good 5 mins, 2) wash the dishes, 3) call a friend while walking, etc. Or learn one new thing each day?
Also, mindfulness can be great. E.g. count 5 different sounds you hear on your walk or spot 10 things that are the colour red.
Finally, avoid doom scrolling through news. Just find ways to get the info you need and then switch off.
I hope some of this helps.
Go girl! xo