In this modern world, it’s not always easy to escape how socially active your friends, family and even strangers are. For some, this doesn’t matter but for others, it can lead to loneliness and upset.
To be clear, social isolation is a lack of social connections and interaction. Social isolation can lead to loneliness - loneliness is where our desire for social contact is not met. But there are things you can do to make it a little easier.
Arrange dates in the calendar
We’re all guilty of saying ‘we should do something soon!’ and never following through. Make it your mission to set an actual date in the calendar when suggesting something with your friends and/or family.
This will make it more likely to happen as well as give you something to look forward to!
Take advantage of technology!
If you’re unable to meet up in person, have a phone call, voice note on WhatsApp, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger call; Zoom - there are so many ways to stay connected. If you need help in getting started we’ve linked some how-tos in this paragraph.
If you’re in need of some help and don’t have a friend, relative, or colleague to contact - there are plenty of third-party resources you can use to contact such as The Samaritans HelpLine on 116 123; Age UK telephone friendship or call the British Red Cross on 0808 196 3651.
Please remember to call 999 if you or someone you know is in an emergency.
Volunteering is a great way to help others as well as interact with them for your own social benefit, it’s a win-win! To find out how you can volunteer with us, click here.
Introduce yourself to your neighbours
Brits are famously good at keeping themselves to themselves. However, introducing yourself to your neighbours will make it easier to strike up a conversation when you see them out and about - perfect for topping up your social interactions.
Consider getting a pet
If you’re able to care for a pet, we’d strongly suggest looking into getting one if you’re feeling socially isolated.
Pets can provide excellent companionship and can help to keep you busy. They can also encourage you to get out of the house for a walk - where you may meet other walkers too.
Don’t always opt for self-checkouts!
It’s an easy change that could make plenty of difference. By heading to a cashier you’re able to strike up a conversation as you bag your items.
It may require a little bit of bravery if you’re more introverted but these small interactions can help to reduce your overall feelings of isolation.
The key is to get creative and keep talking! It’s vital to open up about exactly how you’re feeling and what you’re experiencing.
It’s equally as important not to compare your life to someone else’s - we all have our struggles, social isolation may just be yours right now.
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