Coping with loneliness during the coronavirus crisis
With lockdown and social distancing in place, more and more of us will experience loneliness at some point. We want to help you feel connected to your community so we’ve put together some resources and suggestions to help you if you’re feeling lonely or know someone who is.
We’re here to help - You’re not alone!
Supporting you with new services
We’ve launched a dedicated online Coronavirus Hub to help our coeliac community through this crisis, including new resources to support you.
Check in for a ‘hug’
Through our Member2Member programme we can link you up with one of our members who have experience of living gluten free. During this lockdown period our volunteers are also available to provide a regular check in ‘hug’ call. So if you or someone you know is in need of extra support then let us know and we’ll link you up.
Talk to us
If you’d like to speak to an adviser or one of our dedicated dietitians, you can call our Helpline on 0333 332 2033. We’re here for you from Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm.
Sharing support online
You can visit our social media pages anytime for advice, updates and to chat with other members of the gluten free community. We have a vibrant online community and there is lots of support and solidarity. If you’re not already with us, join us online
Don’t forget about our local groups
We have over 60 volunteer groups across the UK, delivering on the ground support and local knowledge, especially when you’re newly diagnosed and getting to grips with this gluten free life. Check out your local group here.
We are social creatures, thriving on interaction. To combat some of the loneliness that comes with self isolation try to “see” people virtually every day. Make sure you stay in touch with friends and family by phone or video app. Talking via video chat is the next best thing to a proper meet up and there are a lot of platforms out there.
Try and keep to your usual socialising, but virtually. You could start the weekend with a regular Friday evening virtual happy hour, meeting for Sunday lunch, chatting over a weekly coffee, host play dates with children’s friends or impress your friends with your knowledge of trivia at a weekly quiz.
It’s important to stay active and busy, keep up a daily routine and try to make the weekends different. Exercise is so important for well being so make sure you build this in too. Take a look at what four isolation experts have to say about keeping busy and our own guide to things to do during lockdown.