Top tips to tackling loneliness and isolation

As a carer, perhaps due to your caring responsibilities you find yourself faced with social isolation. We have put together some tips we hope can help you tackle with your feelings of loneliness.

If you have some tips that work for you, please do leave them in a comment below as we would love to share them on:

 

Useful tips to tackle loneliness and isolation

  • Visit your local carers' service. They are not only a great source of information and advice but they also hold carers' events such as coffee mornings and, massage days which can help you meet other carers and relax. Find your nearest carers service here
  • Keep in touch with friends and family. Try to take time out to call or email people you know, even if it’s just a five-minute call.
  • Video chat with others - Programs like Skype and most other web chat software have audio and video options where you can voice and video chat to them.
  • Join the online community on Carers.org. You can meet other carers in discussion boards and our chatroom, and write blogs. Whether you are looking for someone who understands you, a good laugh or a place to just vent your feelings, the carers here are extremely supportive of each other.
  • Keep doing what you love – Take a little time out to keep doing the things you love, whether that’s reading, gardening or jogging, looking at art etc, any thing that makes you happy!
  • Take a break - if you don't have any time to do the things you love then you need a break. Your local carers' centre, GP or social workercan help you find respite opportunities.

     

    Tips from carers

    We asked carers to share their top tips for tacking feelings of loneliness. Here is what they came back with below.

     

    Felstedboy via Twitter

    "Since I found Twitter its opened up a whole new world of people. Just to get a tweet back is great,talk about what you like"

     

    Jaye 2080 via the discussion board:

    1. Visit the local pub, even once a month for a fruit juice.
    2. Go to church on a sunday, you don't have to be religious.
    3. Ask if you can work in a charity shop, a couple of hours a month.
    4. And dare i even suggest it..yes i dare... say hello to your neighbours.

     

    benjaminpmoore via Twitter:

    "Find the net invaluable, Can talk to people in forums with simillar experiences or to my friends and family wherever they are."

     

    Jonno via the discussion board:

    "It may be worthwhile to contact your local hospice and see what they can offer. My wife has advanced MS and is wheelchairbound and severely limited in what she can do. My wife and I have received wonderful support from our local hospice day care team who offered her a day centre place once a week staffed by trained nurses and volunteers.

    This has given both her and myself a break and has been a tremendous boost for us both. They also run pampering days...lots of alternative therapies and opportunities to volunteer at the hospice one afternoon per week which has enabled me to meet people and make friends" 

     

    If you have more to add to these, please do comment below on this page.

    Still can't find what you're looking for? Why not post a message on one of our discussion boards or join our online chat room where you can meet, and possibly pick up tips and advice from, experienced family carers in similar situations to yours.