If you’re struggling with the loneliness of isolating, we have plenty of resources that will help improve your wellbeing. There’s no doubt that shielding and social distancing is hard, leaving many residents feeling lonely and disconnected. Prioritising our wellbeing is important and our best weapon against loneliness. Thankfully, we have a wealth of resources and ideas to help you reconnect with yourself and others.

The 5 ways to wellbeing highlights: connecting, being active, learning, taking notice and giving.

Connect: form a support bubble

If you live alone, look at forming a support bubble with another household. This will allow a change of scenery and the ability to mix together freely. Consider forming the bubble with people you can communicate openly with and feel comfortable asking for (and offering) support if needed. This may be picking up supplies or just enjoying a Sunday roast together.

Be active: meet a friend outside

Getting outside and moving is always a good way to clear your head and ground yourself. It’s also a great way to catch up with a friend or family member safely. Going for a walk is an easy way to social distance and dust off the cobwebs. Whether it’s a power walk or a gentle wander, being active can really help your wellbeing,

Learn: make use of library resources

East Sussex Libraries have plenty of online resources to keep you busy, including free downloadable e-books. A number of libraries are open across East Sussex, where you will be able to take out books and use computers for essential services. Remember to check if you need to order your book or pre-book your computer beforehand.

Give: become a phone volunteer

The NHS Volunteer Responders offer a service that allows you to volunteer and connect over the phone with others who are isolating or feeling lonely. Alternatively, if you feel you need support, you can receive calls from a volunteer. This is great if you are shielding but enjoy talking to, and meeting new people. Additionally, if you’re over 60 you can also sign up for Age UK’s telephone friendship service.

Take notice: practise mindfulness

Mindfulness can help you in moments of distress and generally improve your wellbeing. Whether you feel anxious, sad or lonely, stopping to smell the roses can make a big difference. 2020 has made us over-familiar with our homes meaning it’s important we feel relaxed and comfortable in our space. Small tasks such as decluttering or personalising your space with your favourite photos, may just be the mood booster you were looking for.