Hey friends, I hope all of you are doing well. This fall weather has been amazing and I’m so happy that the best time of the year has come.
Today’s post is going to talk about how, during this time and quite possibly throughout this whole pandemic, we’ve been feeling pretty lonely.
I know I have.
But up until recently, I’ve come to realize that I’m not alone or the only one going through a funk during the pandemic or the only one who has graduated in the middle of one of the worst economies.
It’s so easy to box yourself in, let out an exasperated sigh and say something like, “no one will ever understand how I feel”
Since we’re talking about loneliness, more specifically about how it’s not the best feeling in the world, I thought I’d take it a step further by listing some reasons why you’re never alone, along with some things you can do to lessen the effects of loneliness.
So lets jump in!
Reasons Why You’re Never Alone
As much as you feel it and as crazy as it sounds, you’re never truly alone and here’s why.
There is a God who Loves you
This goes without saying, that God is great.
Even if you don’t believe in a higher power, it’s been found that relying on a higher power for wisdom and guidance helps to put into perspective the circumstances of life and the reason why things happen.
When you really read the scriptures, like
There’s a God that loves you and while you may feel alone, He is always there. Walking alongside you. Even when you don’t feel it. He is there.
There are people who are in your same boat
As crazy as it sounds, there are people who are in the same boat as you.
There are college students who are home and are doing classes online.
There are recent grads, scrambling looking for a job that’ll not only pay them, but also a job that will provide them with the benefits they need.
There are even people who are established in their careers, living alone and miles away from family.
It’s rough all around, but we’re trying our best with what we have.
We all miss being around friends and family, in a pre-COVID world. We miss being able to go on adventures without the need to research if something is open and if it’s safe to do so.
Which brings me to my next point…
Things You Can Do To Lessen The Effects of Loneliness
Join a couple of special interest groups
The internet could be fun!
Honestly, during this pandemic, I’ve been enrolling in certification programs and through them, I’ve been able to be a part of a community of other recent grads who are also looking for jobs in the pandemic.
It’s provided me with a ton of networking opportunities and a chance to learn about other perspectives.
So it’s been really cool to connect with others on all social media sites, even have zoom happy hours and build relationships with people.
Build a social media presence
One thing that I’ve found during quarantine, is building up my Instagram presence.
This time has really challenged me to create content and engage with others online who had a similar following or talked about some of the same things.
Spend time with friends and family
If you can, reconnect with some of your friends.
Whether that be online or friends irl.
Start by posting an old photo, no older than 5 years and tag your friend or friends and say something like :
“Missing my friends a little too much, hope all is well with you guys!”
Since everyone is on social media at this point, they’ll see it and maybe reach out and you can go from there to make plans!
However, keep in mind that before hanging out, you should definitely get tested for COVID and share those results with each other just so that you’re all aware of each others’ statuses.
I’ve done zoom calls, phone calls, and even met up (when it was safe enough) to see my friends.
I hope these tips and tricks encourage you to seek out your friends and families and also look for things you can do to minimize the effects of loneliness.
Also know that my DMs on Instagram are always open and you have a friend in me.
Sending a ton of love and light your way,