Be a friend to yourself during isolation

By Lily Birdt

The whole world has been spending a lot more time indoors and alone with themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of people have been struggling to keep themselves occupied with the endless amount of time on their hands. It has been difficult for everyone to have social distance from their loved ones and friends who keep each other sane outside of their households.  

Many have picked up eating and sleeping habits that are not their usual. This is to be expected. Do not become angry at yourself for this. It is so important to be kind to yourself during this time and allow both your body and your brain to process this very different world. 

Staying home even offers a great opportunity to build a stronger and more loving relationship with yourself. Good friends know each other well, respect each other, and love each other. At a time when many are separated from friends, it is important to treat yourself as a friend too. 

One of the most important things friends do together is have fun. While it is not fun being forced to stay home, unable to enjoy our usual activities, there are still many other things we can do in the comfort of our own homes to keep ourselves occupied such as taking up new hobbies or pampering ourselves. Treating ourselves as a friend means making sure we have fun activities to do.

But not only does a friend have fun with you, they look out for your mental health. It is important to limit your screen time, and take breaks from social media. It is equally important to listen to how we’re feeling and reach out to others if we notice something off.

Remember, good friends are there for each other. Being a good friend to yourself means listening and engaging.

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