In today's society, we value connection. Phone calls, text messaging, and social media have given us immediate access to family, friends, and the rest of the world. Most of us have a support system at our fingertips. What happens, though, when technological connection isn't enough? There are several ways to combat isolation and loneliness. You just have to take the first step!
Find an activity you enjoy. Maybe you're into pottery or like to play board games. There is almost certainly a group of people with similar interests. Plug in! You never know who you'll meet.
Don't Lie Around. Get moving! Exercise is proven to improve mood. It's even more fun to exercise in a group. Find local exercise classes and get involved. Fellowship Home offers regular exercise classes for seniors, and we'd be happy to have you visit!
What's your passion? Find volunteer opportunities that will be fulfilling. Nothing beats the feeling of giving back to the community.
Adopt a Furry Friend. Pets can be fantastic companions. If you're struggling with loneliness, consider adopting a pet. If that doesn't seem like the right move for now, you can go to the local animal shelter and pet, play with, or read to the animals. They're always happy to see new faces.
Most of us have experienced some form of isolation at some point during the pandemic, but taking steps to purposefully plug in can conquer loneliness and lead to lasting friendships.