Coping with Isolation During Coronavirus Amid coronavirus, self-quarantining, and social distancing measures are now the new normal. Previously, we had face-to-face contact with co-workers, family, and friends. Now that we can no longer do this, especially in states where sheltering in place is a requirement, loneliness might creep in. Coping with isolation during coronavirus for those in addiction recovery is of particular concern. About Developing Strategies for Coping with Isolation During Coronavirus Whiles social distancing is necessary for flattening the curve during this pandemic; that requirement poses challenges for those who are in recovery. Because humans are social beings, we naturally want to congregate and spend time with others. Devising strategies to maintain those connections is your first step for preventing feelings of isolation. Here are some tips: \tIf you have children, connect with them by playing games, helping them with their homework, or going for walks together \tUse phone calls, text, and video chatting to stay in touch with friends, family, and co-workers with whom you are close \tContact your recovery group to see what kinds of telehealth or virtual support group meetings they are offering \tStay in touch with a faith-based professional or psychotherapist with whom you worked with previously When you are attempting to prevent feelings of isolation, do not forget about virtual 12 step support group meetings. Some meet several times weekly, while many other groups host group sessions daily. Call today to reach out to a therapist for virtual appointments if you're feeling isolated. Look for Other Ways to Connect Do you know an older person in your community who is shut-in and might also be experiencing isolation? Coping with isolation during coronavirus also involves reaching out to others who might be in need. Spend some time several days weekly talking to them on the phone. Begin by chatting with those who are in your close circle of family or friends, and then make moves to reach out to others in your community who need to talk. If you do not feel comfortable talking to someone you do know on the phone, help prevent feelings of isolation by writing letters. Dozens of long-term care and nursing home facilities throughout the country are asking people to write letters to their lonely residents. You can ask them about their interests, talk about how you are coping with isolation during coronavirus, and ask them about their daily routines. Be an Active Participant in Your Life Coping with isolation during coronavirus also involves creative thinking. What does it mean to prevent isolation while being an active participant in your life? First, create a schedule that closely mimics that of your current job if you are working from home. If you are not working from home, look for activities you can schedule into your daily routine. Examples include: \tVisiting museums and art galleries to go on virtual tours \u2013 some of which are live streaming with opportunities for interaction \tParticipate in a live-streaming workout class or routine \tTake free online courses, including offerings from Harvard and Stanford \tEmbrace your favorite hobby or pick up a new one Actively participating in your life means you are adding specific activities to your schedule to ensure feelings of isolation do not creep into your life. Using this strategy is useful for those who are coping with isolation during coronavirus while in recovery. In doing so, you are reducing your chances of relapsing because preventing feelings of isolation also helps prevent the development of anxiety and depression. Final thoughts Is coping with isolation during coronavirus one of your worries while on your path toward recovery? No one should have to experience these worries without support on their side. Contact The Right Step DFW by calling to learn about how we can be supportive and how else we can help.