Everyone has developed different ways of getting through, and living without seeing loved ones and friends. Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other many other video platforms have become our new best friends as a way of keeping in touch and have contact with people. But nothing beats having that hugs or face to face contact. I think many many people are missing that physical contact.
But even with coping mechanisms, most people will have had their days where life seems challenging. And that is OK - being honest normal. I have people that are normally really positive that have had their lower days. So on those days be kind to yourself. Gently use your own coping mechanisms to pick yourself back up, whether that is going for a walk, doing exercise, hugging the dog (if you have one), binge watching netflix. And generally talking to other people does help so I do keep a list of numbers that I can ring for a chat, which for me helps, even on the most challenging lonely days.
And remember if you are having a good day, and feeling great, maybe that is the time to check in with other friends that may be struggling at the moment. A 20 minute phone call could make a massive difference to someone.
For some people they find they need a bit extra support and that is where counselling/therapy can help. We offer an independent ear in a safe space to talk through your feelings. Contact Kerry for more information.