Living alone has its pros and cons. On the one hand, you have no crazy roommate to worry about and the freedom to live as you please. On the other hand, especially in a pandemic, it can be harder to stay socially active.
For women, living alone can also mean more safety concerns. Living alone may not mean you are lonely, but it can lead to feeling more lonely, anxious and/or depressed. Especially during our present situation, a global pandemic, where you may not be socializing too much, it can be very easy to fall into a pattern of keeping to yourself and not even realizing it.
I think it is also important to note that being alone is an active choice, whereas being lonely is not. There are so many things you can do by yourself that don’t have to mean you are lonely!
Three COVID friendly ways to keep in touch with friends and family and subsequently not be and feel so lonely are:
1. Facetime, Zoom, Texting
Obviously the ideal is to see people face to face, but if that is just not possible or safe, there are definitely alternatives! Use technology to your advantage and make it a habit to regularly text or call people to stay connected!
2. Going on a walk / Sitting Outside
A great way to stay connected face to face without being too close or in an enclosed space is spending time outdoors! I am a huge fan of this method of staying connected. Mid-pandemic I had knee surgery so all my friends came one at a time to come visit me and talk in my backyard sitting far away from each other. It was so mentally refreshing to see smiling faces; I definitely recommend!
3. Outdoor Dining
Another great way to spacially spend time with friends is by going to a COVID friendly restaurant. I’ll admit, it really depends on the restaurant. Some of them are great at following the rules and others are just not.
Life is all about balance, so do whatever is right for you to be and feel your very best. Stay safe!