Earlier this week, a new political era was ushered in for America. It was not something many of us wanted or voted for, but its effects will be felt by everyone.
For those with a strong network of friends, family, and other loved ones, the transition to this new reality will be complicated enough. But for those of us who are more isolated in our daily lives, the feelings we're experiencing right now might seem insurmountable.
Here are our recommendations for dealing with isolation head-on in the days ahead:
1. Reach Out To One Another
Reconnect with an old friend. Call a family member you haven't seen in a while. Make a coffee date with someone new. Realize that other people are feeling isolated right now, too. The only way to fight isolation is with connection.
2. Seek Out Places of Healing
Many arts organizations, neighborhood cafes, and social clubs are planning opportunities for people to get together and connect with others. Find a community with open doors and plug yourself in.
3. Offer To Help Others
No matter how isolated we feel, there is always someone else who could use a helping hand, or just a shoulder to cry on. Helping others is a natural mood booster, and knowing that you care about their well-being could make a huge difference in someone's life right now.
4. Make Something Beautiful Happen
Throw a party. Organize a protest. Write a poem. Sing a song. Human beings are not static objects. We come alive—and come together—through the process of doing.
One of the most powerful things we can do is realize that we are not alone. Isolation is a psychological condition whose effects ripple out to influence our entire social reality. Connection is the state of willfully bridging the separation we feel between ourself and others.
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