Surviving the COVID-19 lockdown being single and living alone

We are in very peculiar times, with the pandemic and the subsequent “stay at home” directive everywhere we find ourselves adjusting to our new normal.

Parents who often desired to spend more time with their kids now find themselves feeling overwhelmed by having them around all day long. Couples that wished to spend more quality time together are now craving space and their me-time. But when you are single and living by yourself, the days can be even extra challenging because you are unable to visit your friends and family or having them around.

In this article, I will be sharing a few tips I have compiled that could get you through these days, especially as a single person. 

Take care of yourself and your mental health:

  1.  Take it one day at a time without focusing on the fact that you may be by yourself for X number of days/weeks/months. It may sound like a cliché but taking it all at once can be overwhelming and daunting.
  2. Guard your mind and be mindful of the information you consume. While we must keep abreast of the news we also have to be cautious to get information from credible sources in order not to have information overload, which could paint a bleak scenario and a mood damper.
  3. Exercise. There are so many free aerobics and dance classes online. The benefits of exercising especially now that we tend to engage in fewer activities cannot be over-emphasised. The endorphins released can help you manage stress, improve your mood, and even boost your immunity.
  4. Set up a kind of structure to your day by setting up small tasks. This is a good time to form new habits like planning your day the night before so that you have something to look forward to the next day.

Make a list of:

  1. Things you have always wanted to do but didn’t get around to doing because of time e.g. decluttering your living space including your closet, garage, etc.
  2. Movies you’ve always wanted to see and books you been piling up to read.
  3. Friends or family you’ve lost touch with and would like to connect with via phone, email, Skype, Zoom, etc.
  4. A skill(s) you know you need but haven’t had time to learn.

 

Less is more:

  1. In these days of scarcity on store shelves coupled with limited trips to the stores, there is no better time to stretch our culinary skills and experiment with new recipes as we try to whip up meals that would still offer a balanced diet with limited resources.
  2. Trade by barter. You may have too much of one item and less of a much needed one so why not put a call through to a neighbour or a friend that lives nearby to see what items you can trade between yourselves? Remember to practice social-distancing during the exchange.
  3. When you visit the store, think of a neighbour that may be in need and shop for them or offer to shop for an elderly and practice social-distancing when dropping off the item(s).

Be intentional about staying connected with people:

  1. Try doing the social things you would normally do with friends except this time it would be done virtually e.g. having a night out having drinks with your buddies via Zoom.
  2. Seeing a movie virtually and then chatting about it afterward.
  3. Have a book discussion group with friends. This is a good way to keep up with your reading and also have meaningful discussions that would engage your mind.
  4. Try a dating app to meet singles and set up virtual dates or chats.

 

Most importantly, remember, that although virtually and through social-distancing, we are in this together. Imagine a big virtual hug coming your way daily.

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