Though we all may face times of loneliness, the current global pandemic and stay-at-home orders have caused nearly everyone to experience prolonged isolation and extreme feelings of loneliness. It is essential that we keep active, connect with others, and try to remain positive.
With National “Cheer up the Lonely Day” being July 11th, we wanted to share a few tips on how to cope with loneliness and how to help others as well.
- Stay Active – Exercise is proven to improve your mood and exercising outside brings the added benefit of sunshine and fresh air, both of which can trigger your good hormones; endorphins and serotonin.
- Join a Virtual Low Vision Support Group – Virtual support groups can offer you association and connection to others while staying at home. Talk to a counselor, share your concerns with peers who have had similar experiences, and have something to look forward to on a regular basis. Spectrios Institute for Low Vision and Lighthouse Guild are just two of the organizations that offer online or call-in support groups.
- Connect with Friends and Family – “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up,” Mark Twain. By reaching out to others, whether by phone or with a letter, you will be able to have an interchange of encouragement and help to brighten their day.
Please know that your emotional well-being is important to us. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress or loneliness, please reach out to someone right away.
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