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Topic: lonely in isolation :(

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  1. Trish_@
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    11 April 2020

    Hey everyone! hope you're well during these times. I know I could certainly be a little better as I've just been feeling so lonely during isolation and I've been struggling to keep myself happy and entertained. I've tried a good old walk in the park as well as reaching out to my friends online but it's not really doing it for me unfortunately. I've recently tried doing other things like gaming and writing but I find that I'm more of a social being and I like interacting more than anything. It's hard as not many of my friends are interested as much as me. Any ideas on what I could do?? Hope I'm not the only one experiencing it like this but would love to know your thoughts! Wishing a happy Easter to you all as well x

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  2. blondguy
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    11 April 2020 in reply to Trish_@

    Hi Trish!

    Welcome and good on you for posting too!

    You are absolutely not alone feeling the way you do...I also feel the way you do...I am fortunate as I have a lot of landscaping/gardening to do...and like yourself have been wearing out my PS4 :-)

    There are many gentle people that can be here for you too.....I hope you can stick around the forums Trish

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

  3. Helen72
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    12 April 2020 in reply to Trish_@

    Hi Trish,

    Isolation is hard isn't it? Even if I don't talk to anyone just hanging out with people helps - and that's the thing we can't do.

    Has someone you know got a dog you could take for a walk?

    Hang in there it won't be forever.

    Helen

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    13 April 2020 in reply to Trish_@

    Hi Trish_@

    Thank you for your post and reaching out - I'm sorry that you are feeling so lonely and you're definitely not alone in this! There's a bit of an irony in so many people feeling so lonely right now.

    I can see that you've already gotten some support from both Paul and Helen so I was thinking if maybe I could too and I'm wondering what it is that's your normal routine (pre COVID-19) ? On a normal day or week, how might you be socialising? What are the things you might be doing?

    Thinking about things this way can be a little bit sad but it can also help find ways to be creative during isolation. Perhaps if you are seeing friends on Facebook for example you could switch to things such as Skype or Zoom where you can see peoples faces - it's not at all the same but seeing peoples faces can feel more connected than typing or just hearing people talk. Maybe that could be cooking together in our own kitchens or book clubs.

    Hopefully this gives you something to think about - I think we just have to be a little bit more creative during these times and keep reminding ourselves that this won't last forever.

    rt

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  5. Elizza
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    18 April 2020 in reply to Trish_@
    Hi Trish thanks for writing this, its a bit daunting the self isolation, but I find that cooking, finding a hobby perhaps sewing, painting, I brought I skipping rope and go into my backyard and do 300 skips, turn the music up to a favourite song and sing out the back yard (I am normally part of a choir but thats not happening) so I find music and singing helps me, also getting a meditation cd and playing that sometimes also helps, so I try to avoid even going to the shops, roll on happy days again, just start planning what you will do when all this is over, stay safe and stay busy hope that helps.

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