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Managing Feelings of Loneliness

Many situations can trigger loneliness, especially times of uncertainty, such as during a pandemic. They can make you may feel lonely, fearful and anxious—and that is completely normal. Having to self-isolate can be stressful. Fortunately, there are things we can all do to stay positive and care for our mental health.

Coping strategies to try during social isolation

  • Try to move a little every day. Take a gentle walk outside, stretch or even exercise if you feel up to it.
  • Take a break from the news. While it’s important to have the latest information, the news can leave us feeling down and anxious.
  • Stay connected to family and friends. As we practice social distancing, it can be difficult to keep relationships strong. Try calling a loved one once a day. Even the smallest conversations can help us feel more connected.
  • Rest and be mindful. If you are having trouble sleeping or relaxing, try a breathing exercise or guided meditation. Take a step back to focus on positive thoughts and what you are thankful for today.
  • Take control of what you can do to stay healthy and minimize the risk of getting sick. For example, stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.

During times of social distancing, it’s important to keep in touch with loved ones. Get creative! Whether it’s virtual game night, video chats, or family dinners with relatives by phone or video, figure out what works for you to stay connected.

Ways to stay connected during social distancing

  • Schedule regular calls with a loved one or someone you care about.
  • Make social gatherings virtual, such as lunches, birthday parties, happy hours, game nights and dinner dates.
  • Try to laugh every day. Watch comedies or read funny memes.
  • Perform random acts of kindness remotely, such as writing a letter to a neighbor, friend or loved one.
  • Find a new community group, hobby, or class you can be part of online.
  • Surround yourself with physical warmth. Relax with a warm blanket, drink hot tea, cuddle a pet or take a hot bath.
  • Take a call while walking outside and looking at nature.
  • Organize old photos, videos or keepsakes.
  • Get caught up in a fictional world by watching a TV show or reading a book.
  • Listen to music, sing out loud or try some new dance moves.
  • Check in on your emotional health by taking a quick self-assessment of how you’re feeling.

During challenging times, we are here to help. If you are a DaVita dialysis patient, please reach out to your social worker for more tips and additional support. You can find more information about coping with COVID-19 here.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a medical provider.

Please check with a medical professional if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.