As we know, even in the best of times there are many things such as illness, injury or age, that can contribute to a feeling of isolation or loneliness. Add a pandemic and associated restrictions into the mix, and these feelings have the potential to become overwhelming. To help overcome this, we've put together a list of some simple home activities that can help us feel more connected and engaged during COVID-19.
- It might seem obvious, but it is good to make a habit of using your phone to keep in touch with family and friends on a regular basis. If possible, video calls can add another layer of experience to this simple yet powerful social interaction - you can even arrange to remotely share experiences together such as singing happy birthday.
- There's never been a better time to take short walks and to explore your local neighbourhood and visit any local parks or gardens you haven't been to for a while. This has the added benefit of keeping you active and getting you outside the house and into the fresh air and sunshine.
- Speaking of gardens, coming into spring, now is the perfect time to spend time in your garden. This is very simple suggestion with the potential for hours of engagement and enjoyment.
- If you've considered but never made the leap, now might be a good time for you to join and use social media. You might even find yourself re-connecting with old friends or other people you've known in the past. Again, this can keep you engaged and entertained for hours. And if you find yourself enjoying being online and using social media, you might like to consider joining online groups based on your personal interests and hobbies.
- Thinking of your personal interests and hobbies, you might enjoy listening to one or more podcasts on the these topics. Podcasts can be a very engaging way to pass time.
- And last but not least, if you prefer more traditional means of entertainment, you might like to consider finally reading that long book, doing that large puzzle or tricky crossword, reconnecting with your old hobbies or taking up new ones, etc.
And if you feel that you need help doing, or learning how to do, any of these activities, you can consider searching for, finding, and connecting with, the right home carer or support worker for you at www.homecarersdirect.com.au