As we continue to navigate the unknowns of the pandemic, one thing that is clear is the increased isolation many people are feeling. We’ve been not only isolated from people, including members of our families and our closest friends, we’ve also been isolated from our routines. For instance, many of us rely on simply being out in public — at a restaurant, a baseball game, a concert — as a way to feel connected to others.
In response to this and as a way to help you feel more connected, take some time to think about people you know who may be feeling isolated in some way. Ask yourself:
- What makes them isolated?
- Do they need help?
- How can you tell?
Pick one of these people you think would benefit from some kind of attention and complete an action that intends to decrease their isolation. This need not be anything big. Keep in mind that it’s often the smallest actions, the everyday actions, that carry the most significance.
- Call them on the phone.
- Have a meal or flowers delivered.
- Set up an online video call.
If it is difficult for you to find someone you know who fits this bill, consider this exercise more broadly or even metaphorically:
- Is there something you can do to reduce isolation on a more general scale?
Be creative as you consider this and do something that provides you a sense of making a difference. When you work to reduce the isolation of another, you actually reduce your own isolation, as well.
It’s a win-win.