The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how we interact with each other. Many people, both those in relationships and single, may find themselves struggling with loneliness and low mood during this time. Our article offers some tips on how to keep a positive mood even in isolation.
Across the world, people have had their day-to-day lives (and their love lives) massively disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarantines and the closing down of most social spaces have left both single people and couples feeling stranded, without their usual outlets for stress relief and human connection.
So, how do you cope with loneliness when you’re single, and you can’t use your usual hookup sites to meet new people and date? How do you manage as a couple when your living situation has been drastically altered by circumstance? Our wellness expert shares some tips on how to manage relationships and maintain a positive mood in quarantine.
How to Have a Positive Mood If You’re Single in Quarantine?
Isolation is a big problem for those living alone during the pandemic. Quarantine limits your social interaction and prohibits you from doing things to meet new people. If you’re currently looking to meet a new partner, this can be doubly challenging as you are likely to feel less satisfied with your single status.
Whether you’re looking for love or not, here are some things you can try to boost your mood when you’re feeling lonely.
Get Some Exercise
Exercise is great for anyone struggling with low mood or feelings of isolation. Moving your body helps clear your mind and creates a positive mood in the brain by releasing an endorphin rush. Try going out for a jog or walk when things get on top of you, or do some calming yoga stretches to create a positive mood.
Check-In with Friends and Neighbors
Remember, you’re not alone. The pandemic has served as a stark reminder of our need for social connection. Schedule virtual meetups with friends or loved ones or start a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with each other. If you have elderly neighbors who may not be familiar with online technology, be sure to check up on them while maintaining a safe distance. Stop in for a socially distanced doorstep chat or ask them to give you a phone number so you can ring them up.
Do Something Creative
There is a wealth of fascinating studies available on the connection between a positive mood and creativity. If you don’t usually make time for creative pursuits, like drawing or baking, quarantine is a perfect opportunity to experiment. Creative activities can be fun to do alone and can distract you from feelings of loneliness, helping you maintain a positive mood.
Relationships and Quarantine
Quarantine can be tough on relationships too and even previously strong couples may find themselves struggling. Couples who previously worked may find themselves unemployed, while others may have lost access to childcare. Those still in work may also struggle to keep a positive mood in the workplace due to COVID anxieties.
Here are some tips to try if your relationship is struggling.
Manage Your Mental Health
When you’re feeling stressed, it can be hard to communicate well with your partner. Don’t be ashamed to take time for your own mental health, as this will also help you manage your relationship. Try some positive mood affirmations to boost your self-confidence and quell anxieties.
Make Time to Talk
Everyone is operating at a heightened level of stress and fear under pandemic conditions. Rather than snapping at or alienating your partner, try asking them how they are coping with things. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable with them and listening to their fears can strengthen your bond and help you feel less alone.
Schedule Date Night
Always together but feel miles apart? It may not seem romantic, but consciously scheduling a couple time can make a huge difference. Try and give yourselves at least one night a week when you put the kids to bed early or switch off from work commitments.
There are many ways in which a positive mood and health are connected. From reducing mental illness to better relationship outcomes, a positive outlook on life is an excellent personal tool to develop. You’ll be amazed how even small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to quarantine, loneliness, and mental health.
How are you coping with loneliness during the pandemic? Has quarantine put a strain on your relationship? How do you cope with living alone in social isolation? Share your experiences in the comments!
Written by Miranda Davis
About the Author
Miranda Davis is a freelance writer in the relation and psychology area. Miranda is interested in such topics as building healthy relationships between people, love/sex compatibility, and how to find the right balance in life in general. She is currently doing specific research on the topic. Miranda loves cooking and long-distance walking.
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