Overcoming Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing

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7 min

This resource kit was hand-selected by researchers at BetterUp to help our members live their lives with clarity, purpose, and passion during challenging times.

Humans are social creatures. And in challenging times like the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever that we come together to support each other. But disruptions to our social fabric - such as social distancing and remote work - have resulted in an unusual degree of physical separation and a high potential for elevated feelings of loneliness.

The situation demands initiative and creativity to find solutions that help us feel connected outside of our own households, while also staying safe. Already, we’ve seen a proliferation of social video conference calls, community online events, and livestream workout classes.

Being connected to others improves our sense of well-being and happiness, buffers us against stress, and dampens our body’s negative response of inflammation. Research shows that there are a wide range of things we can each do to feel more connected, happy, healthy and productive during this time.

Together, we can build stronger bonds, support each other, and create joyful moments. In this resource kit, you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate what kind of interactions are most valuable to your well-being
  • Overcome obstacles such as feelings of anxiety or lack of physical presence
  • Help others through generosity and creative problem solving
  • Ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed

You’ll also walk away having created a personal action plan to feel connected and lean into your relationships.

Here are 3 goals that we recommend to build your sense of connection:

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