Coping with Loneliness and Isolation
Feeling lonely or isolated is something many people feel at different times in their life. Perhaps you are struggling with being away from family or friends, you have struggled to meet other students as a result of the pandemic, or you are adjusting following a break-up. Many people feel lonely when they are experiencing distress and not sharing this with their loved ones; a feeling of being ‘cut off’ from others. Social Media can also induce feelings of isolation if we start comparing our lives to others.
Whatever the reason, the Christmas period can be particularly tough if you are feeling this way. Please be kind to yourself, and know that ‘loneliness is a feeling, not a fact’. You are never truly alone and you can reach out for support.
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London Friend: Social support groups for LGBTQIAP+
Would you like to make friends, or just meet with other LGBTQIAP+ people in a safe, and supportive environment? London Friend run social support groups to provide a safe space away from the scene for LGBT people to come together to discuss a range of issues affecting them, including coming out and questions about sexuality.
Side by Side: Online Community
Side by Side is charity Mind's online community. It’s a powerful thing to connect with someone else over shared experiences. Click here to sign up to Side by Side where you can share and be heard. A place to be yourself, where someone is always available to talk to in a safe and trusted space.
Finding your feet: Loneliness
Click here to read some tips for recognising loneliness and how to manage it in a way that is self-soothing and supportive. Tips such as reaching out, knowing you are not alone, keeping busy, exploring new interests and self-care are just some of the tools explored. Most importantly, please be kind to yourself- it has not been an easy year to keep connected with others, and one thing is for certain- no matter how much you feel it, you are never truly alone!
Building a network during coronavirus
Building a network is something that would usually happen organically, over time. This year, because of coronavirus, you might want to take a more structured and planned approach. Student Space have put together these actions you can take to start building your network.
Student Space: Friendships and Social Life
Student Space is a platform created by Student Minds to provide resources and support for students who have been affected by the pandemic. It is no doubt that the social side of student life has had to be different this year. Click here to see Student Space's tips for making friends and managing conflict throughout this difficult time.