COVID-19 has had a profound impact on not just the economy, but also the social aspect of our society as a whole. We’re separated from those we love, and some of us aren’t handling social isolation all that well. We’re not used to being stuck at home and unable to visit our favorite places or people.
During this epidemic, it’s important to follow all guidelines presented by officials in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Even so, there are resources available to help during these times of social isolation. You can use free services to connect with others, read helpful material for getting through social isolation, and more. Here are five free resources you can utilize during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mental health is a serious concern during social isolation. Extended periods of isolation from friends, family, and loved ones can bring about sadness, exhaustion, and the situation itself helps fuel anxiety. With mental health at risk, it’s important to understand that there are resources available to help, such as an online chat room hosted by Supportiv.
Here, you can talk to people who are suffering from the same emotions as you. Depression, anxiety, and more can be discussed in anonymous chat rooms, and you don’t ever have to worry about someone you know learning that you’re using chat rooms. Everything is 100% anonymous, and you’ll be connected to a room in just minutes.
Sometimes, the best thing to do when you’re feeling bad is to talk to someone else who truly empathizes with what you’re feeling. Empathy and understanding go hand in hand, but compassion and empathy just aren’t the same. Your friends and family might be compassionate about your mental health condition, but to truly empathize with it means having gone through it yourself.
Empathy is often more productive than compassion, anyway. You’ll feel at home with your chat buddies since they know exactly how you feel, and you can discuss just about anything.
2. Social Media
The world is more connected than ever before thanks to social media. From Facebook to Instagram and everything in between, we’re constantly connected to extended family, close friends, and even the celebrities we know and love. It’s no surprise then to see the number of people using social media skyrocket during isolation.
Social media is a free and accessible way to stay in touch with the people you love and the world as a whole while you’re in social isolation.You can find news, entertainment, and social interaction all in one place. Some social media sites even have free tools for video chatting, sharing videos and photos, and much more.
If you’re feeling isolated during the lockdown, try connecting with your favorite people via social media!
Skype has always been free and is still one of the most-used video chatting services on the web. Crystal clear HD audio and video makes your video chats feel as close to in-person meetings as possible. Missing your significant other? Set up a video date. Haven’t seen your mom in a few weeks? Call her up on Skype and let her talk to the grandkids.
Skype also supports messaging and video/picture sharing, much like a social media tool. In addition to video tools, you’ll get Skype’s calling features as well so you can call from landlines or cellphones no matter where you are in the world.
NAMI is a grass-roots mental health organization that runs entirely on donations and the generosity of its yearly members. The purpose of the organization is to address stigma associated with mental health conditions, provide resources for family and communities, and make information on mental health more accessible. It’s also free.
You don’t have to be a member of NAMI to use nami.org’s blog or other free resources. If you find that your mental health seems to be deteriorating as time wears on, NAMI is an excellent collective of information and resources provided by trained professionals.
You can also choose to become a member of NAMI for just $5 and help fund the resources you’re using in order to ensure they stay free for the public.
Parents everywhere are facing the challenge of having their children home 24/7 making work and everyday life that much more difficult. Without school, kids are being socially isolated as well, and it can be a challenge to keep them entertained all day long. ChildMind.org is your go-to for parental resources, activities, and more. #WeThriveInside is the site’s personal campaign for keeping kids happy and healthy during social isolation! Learn more at childmind.org.
We’ll be able to make it through social isolation as long as we follow guidelines and stay in touch with our loved ones. Remember that there are literally hundreds of digital tools and resources available for connecting with others, so if you’re feeling lonely, be sure to utilize them to protect your mental health.