COVID-19 coronavirus – We have a fear that loneliness, being isolated, feeling lonely, needing time alone, desperate for solitude… will become realities of our new every day in New Zealand. Instead… let us be positive… we all can contribute to our wellbeing and reduce the risk of loneliness.
We wish everyone reading this page creativity in finding ways to meaningfully connect! We wish you to find inner strength and resilience…and we wish you to truly come to enjoy solitude. We wish for our “bubbles” to thrive…bringing out the best in yourselves and in each other.
We want all this for you as well as to feel part of the greater whole of what we are all doing for each other and our family, friends and whānau….literally saving lives.
Stay at home; no visitors to your home; avoid contact and stay 2m away from people; you are doing this to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. This will save lives.
We are strong believers that each one of us is unique in personality, circumstance and need; and yet we have our humanness in common. So what we are considering are good principles to keep you physically and mentally well – both of which reduce loneliness.
So in this context, we are aiming for you to find solitude when you are on your own; and be connecting meaningfully when you are seeking people (leveraging technology).
Develop an indoors routine, with creativity and flexibility. Every day create balance taking these factors into account.
We encourage you to get fresh air by opening windows in your home… and going outside on your property.
When you are outside (2m apart) on your property or going beyond for essentials make the most of your time: by creating meaningful connections; stretching all your muscles; looking for beauty; being positive.
We will continue to write articles on how to practically achieve these. In the meantime pick a few ideas from the section below to add into today.
We are building a set of COVID-19 resources to help New Zealanders avoid loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our current resources are:
Please return for further resources.