Here are some tips for staying connected during this difficult time.
1 On the phone or online
You can stay connected with friends and family by calling, video chatting or emailing to see how they are. Use your socials like Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and in touch, and choose the video option whenever you can.
Create WhatsApp groups with neighbours, family or friends, or use it to meet with groups like your Church group, that normally meet face to face.
Some of this technology might be new or difficult to use for some older friends and family. Where you can, give them a hand to install and use apps.
2 Long lost friends?
Join millions of people and use social media to track down people you haven’t spoken to for years for a good old yarn. Remember, many people overseas are in total lockdown and would love to hear your voice.
What can we talk about? If you’re worried that you might run out of stuff to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately and discuss it when you contact each other.
3 Join an online community
They are springing up everywhere. Look up your favorite pastime and there’s a strong chance there’s a group to join - yoga, book club, church group, language class. Google is your friend! Also check out Feros Care’s Virtual Social Centre. A place where you can meet new people and make new friends online.
4 Worried about loneliness?
It’s easy to get in your own head at these times and it's natural to feel anxious and upset. Know that this situation will pass. Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast - it's good to hear another voice with a spring in their step and takes away the feeling of being on your own.
Importantly, please visit the government advice page for further advice and support
5 Join our ‘Let's 5 Loneliness’ campaign
Our Let's 5 Loneliness campaign gives everyone, young and old, the opportunity to change a life (or more) with simple effective ways that we can all get through this time together.