Here's to "Finding Happiness" in your personal and professional life.
Rush hour traffic is CRAZY, restaurants are full, and going into work and school is expected for many….some things are starting to look like they used to. Yet a lot of the regular activities normally used to connect with others haven’t returned. With life slowly returning to a post-Covid “normal,” feeling alone and disconnected is still quite common. It’s natural to feel out of sorts and isolated.
However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Find new ways to stay in touch:
Be creative. Maybe your normal social channels and activities are still unavailable to you. That just means you need to be creative and find new ways to connect with others and spend your time. Now might be a great opportunity to make a few changes in your life.
Use the phone. You can do more with that magical smartphone than just watch funny videos, play games, and text. Call people and talk to them. Conversational skills have really gone downhill over the last decade. Reconnect via your phone and have an honest conversation.
Use the internet. There are countless ways to use the internet to connect with others. Many platforms have allowed people to keep in touch, almost as if they are face to face. Consider your smartphone for one on one or for multiple people gathering think of using Zoom. If you want to be more anonymous, forums provide a great outlet for sharing your thoughts, but not your name or your face.
4. Take up a hobby. What do you like to do? What would you like to learn? Maybe
you’d like to take up gardening this spring? Dancing? Chess? Piano? Tennis?
What have you wanted to try that is fun and interesting While taking your mind off the current situation?
Be creative. Create something. A blog. A painting. A book. A song. A poem. A scrapbook. A flower arrangement. A set of shelves. Look for a creative outlet that interests you and let your creative side out for a change. Share what you create with the world. Take a picture or make a video and post it online.
Exercise. Exercise is a great way to change your perspective. It also helps to keep your mind and body healthy. What type of activity do you like to do? Do it.
Be safe. It’s easy to become fatigued with the Covid-19 situation and let your guard down. Avoid becoming reckless. Look for safe outlets for your need to connect with others.
Although it feels like it will, the pandemic won’t last forever. In the meantime, if you’re feeling isolated, be creative and reach out to the people in your life. Find new and enjoyable ways to spend your time alone and to connect with others. Soon enough, things will settle down, and you'll have learned a lot about yourself and others in the meantime.