Driving past malls and restaurants you’ll notice the empty parking lots and blacked-out buildings. While local businesses are amongst the hardest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are also starting to feel the “isolation blues,” which can take a toll on an individual’s mental health.
“I’m an outgoing person who thrives on the energy of the people around me,” said Amy Luong, account coordinator at LS2group. “So being in self-isolation, away from friends and family, has been a challenge for me. I’ve had to find ways to manage.”
While there is sunlight at the end of the tunnel, it could still be weeks before businesses and restaurants reopen allowing people to gather in big crowds. Now, some LS2group team members are sharing tips on how they have been battling the “isolation blues.”
1. Keep Connected with Loved Ones
Technology has made it easier than ever to stay connected with others. Whether it’s through video chats, phone calls, or text messages, virtually connecting helps make up for the lack of social interaction, especially if you live alone.
“I’ve been video chatting with my family members daily,” explained Quinn Slaven, account coordinator. “It’s nice because living alone right now can get pretty quiet, so I enjoy catching up and talking with everyone.”
2. Press the Pause Button
Multiple work video calls a day can be tiresome, and balancing working remotely on top of helping your kids virtually learn leaves little time for you, increasing stress levels. Making time for yourself, whether it’s an hour of yoga or five minutes of deep breathing, pressing the pause button can help reduce stress.
“Being on my computer for an extended period wares on me, so over lunch or after work, I stream a yoga class” explained Brittany Lumley, government affairs director. “These yoga sessions help clear my mind so I can focus on the task at hand.”
3. Get Outside
As the weather starts to warm up, take advantage of the extra time you might have. It could be going for a walk around your neighborhood, or just sitting on your porch. Fresh air will also help remind you that you won’t be stuck inside forever.
“Every day I take my pup on a nice long walk,” explained Taylor Larson, government affairs associate. “These walks aren’t only for my pup, but I find they help me feel better since we can’t go anywhere.”