5 Tips to Combat Isolation
Loneliness is something that is increasingly problematic in today's society as freelancing, working remote and work from home options are becoming the norm. In a recent article, we found surprising statistics on the negative effects loneliness is playing on our well-being, especially among younger generations.
"Nearly 89% of people aged between 18 and 34 who were polled said they had experienced 'feeling disconnected or isolated' from society at some point in their lives, compared to 70% of those over 55."
For #MondayMotivation, we're challenging you to take part in a few of the below activities to combat encroaching loneliness that you may be experiencing professionally and personally.
1. Commute calls
Whether you have a long commute or a short commute to and from work, make it a priority to call people. Set phone dates with friends and/or family members that you want to do better about keeping in touch with. These dates could reoccur weekly or you could make it a goal to reach out to someone new every week or even every day.
2. Join a community
Sometimes working from home doesn't cut it. Whether it's not the right environment or there are too many distractions, it's nice to go into an environment that (positively) peer pressures you into working and serves as a support system. Join a coworking community. In a coworking space, you are surrounded by professionals that are in similar working situations. They too are either freelancers, remote workers or they work from home. The Riveter has diverse options to choose from because we understand that some days it's still convenient to work from home, but sometimes you just have to get out of the house! We also encourage people to join The Riveter community. Maybe you don't need a working space, but you can enjoy member benefits at events and wellness classes!
3. Go to social events
Whether they are meet-ups, happy hours or professional workshops, build them into your schedule. Don't make them optional activities, make them priorities. Think of them as client meetings (aka mandatory). It's easy to get tired after a long day and write them off, but you have to get past that and think about your long-term emotional well-being. You may dread going because it's been a long day, but you'll be happy you went.
4. Be present
Less social time and more face time. It's understandable that you've been at work all day and you want to check your social media, but focus on being present. Take an hour or so to turn off your phone at happy hour or to relax. According to this article, "A University of Pittsburgh study of adults aged between 19 and 32 years old found those who spent more than two hours a day on social media were twice as likely to feel socially isolated."
5. Focus on wellness
Call someone to go to a fitness class with you or to walk around your neighborhood. Dual combat loneliness by being social while releasing endorphins (ya know, those chemicals that trigger positive feelings). Meditation is also a great option to do with friends or coworkers–maybe even during a lunch break at work.
Winter is here, so don't let loneliness affect you during the dark season! Try some of these activities.
"Earlier this year, medical practitioners warned that being lonely can be as bad for you as having a long-term medical condition like high blood pressure."