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More Connection to Combat Loneliness

It’s often said that you can feel most lonely in a crowded room. But even so, being physically alone has its own challenges. With quarantine posing a new challenge for many, we asked Jasmine Navarro, of @withnava, life coaching with grit, for tips for dealing with feelings of loneliness.

1. Acknowledge your feelings

Start by putting pen to paper.Don’t put pressure on yourself to write anything in particular. Just start writing and see what comes up. You may be surprised. If you are still struggling, a quick Google search will give you lots of ideas for journal prompts.

2. Have a laugh!

Humour is one of my top values so I would say watch something that makes you laugh until your stomach hurts. If you can’t find something that can make you chuckle, even feigned laughter has proven benefits. Check out the ten minute laughter yoga practice from the change works on one of the earlier posts. It might sound odd, but laughter really is the best medicine.

3. Reach out

Zoom your family and friends, and talk about what you’re feeling during this time. Getting it out will definitely make you feel a little lighter. Even if you don’t normally talk very often, you may feel better for breaking the ice.

4. Try self visualisation

Close your eyes and ask yourself where you would like to be this time next month. What will you be doing? Who are you with? What is around you? Write and/or draw it. This helps to bring you clarity, and you may learn something new about yourself .

5. Disconnect to connect

Meditation is a great way to feel more grounded. Studies show even a few minutes can make a difference, don’t be put off if you get distracted with your own thoughts. That is perfectly normal, it’s takes time to be a pro at this. Studies have shown that even a short meditation can have benefits for you. YouTube the Dalai Lama for inspiration, and the Headspace app is also currently offering access to several guided meditations for free during the COVID crisis.

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