Relationships provide meaning and a sense of purpose to your life. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.
In a Cigna study earlier this year, 61 percent of U.S. adults reported feeling lonely, this was before COVID struck.
Here are a few tips on combating loneliness at a time when more of us are alone—or nearly alone—than ever before in our lives.
—Call or Face Time someone you care about daily. Even texting helps us feel connected and less alone.
—Just twenty minutes of exercise helps get our mood-enhancing brain chemicals pumping.
—Service is a great antidote to loneliness. Send a card, write a check, volunteer at a food pantry (if you’re low risk), make calls to get out the vote.
Hopefully, being separate from friends and family is making us realize how much we need one another. I don’t know about you, but I will come out of this with an even stronger commitment to the ones I love.
Affirmation: I will combat loneliness.
Coaching questions: What is helping you feel less alone? What helped you in the past? What step(s) will you take today to combat loneliness?