Maintaining a social life is easier said than done…especially for a caregiver. However, there are lasting benefits to avoiding isolation by intentionally connecting with others. Friendships and social interactions are an important part of self-care.
Here are a few strategies to help you break the social isolation “funk” that can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health.
- Let friends know that you want to be included – if getting out of the house is impossible, consider inviting someone over for a cup of coffee or tea
- Start the day with 15 minutes of activity that encourages positive thinking – whether walking down the street or up and down a staircase, starting the morning with activity will help you prepare for the day and be ready to connect with others
- Talk to a stranger at the market – small talk with strangers can be refreshing and can allow you to take a short break from your role as a caregiver
- Seek support from other caregivers – talking with other caregivers can provide a social outlet and also reinforce the importance of self-care; whether connecting by phone, a virtual meeting or in person, these connections can offer encouragement
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Adapted from the Area Agency on Aging, https://aaa1b.org/practical-tips-for-dealing-with-isolation-as-a-caregiver/. Visit the link for more information.