It is very unusual for us all to be asked to stay at home and avoid contact with our friends and family. Some people may be feeling particularly lonely or isolated, even if this is not a feeling you’ve experienced before.
At times of stress, it’s important to draw on your support network – this could be your family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues or your wider community. This is even more important if you need to self-isolate. Here are a few ideas that may help you do this:
In our normal day to day home environment, we are usually able to give each other space, for example by going out to school, work or taking part in hobbies. Staying at home means that our daily routines are disrupted and we will see others in our household much more often. Agreeing to a routine, which everyone has a say in, and respecting each other’s privacy, could help to rebuild your daily routine, as well as give you back some of the space you are used to.
If you’re new to connecting virtually, you could use the Learn My Way free courses to improve your digital skills. The course has a specific section here designed to make sure you’re confident with everything you might need to do on the internet, including online shopping and social media.
You can also find a step-by-step guide on how to video call your family here.
There are still many ways to volunteer while you are staying at home, for example through befriending people over the phone. You can find further ways to help at Volunteering Wales.