Introduction

Please be aware that this section gives advice and guidance about general Social Isolation. For specific information about COVID-19 2020 Social Isolation guidance from the UK Government please go to:

In this section you will find some information about isolation and some techniques you may want to try to help you cope with isolation.

Isolation can be more accurately measured by the number of social contacts the person has. It can occur for many reasons such as having physical and mental health problems; financial issues; relationship breakdown; moving to a new area; changing social group to name but a few.

For some people, solitude is a way of life which temperamentally suits them and they may not feel lonely even if they have no visitors. For other people social isolation is a very new situation that can feel difficult to deal with and impact on our wellbeing.

Social isolation can lead to intense feelings of loneliness and low mood, it can also make us feel tired and effect our overall health. Loneliness refers to how individuals evaluate their level and quality of social contact, you can be in a house full of people and still feel lonely.

This section will look at ways in which we can cope with isolation, and what things we can do to maintain our emotional wellbeing during periods of isolation. Don't forget to complete the activity and assessment to earn a digital badge!

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Please find below resources from the University of Bolton and external agencies that you may find useful to help you cope with isolation:

  • Mindfulness [LEAP Online]
  • Managing Anxiety [LEAP Online]
  • Big White Wall [Website]
  • Shout Crisis - Text line: Text 85258
  • Mind [Website]
    Mind is a great organisation that provides information and support for all mental health and wellbeing issues. They have put together a helpful information pack of tips for living with loneliness.
  • Mind Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing [Website]
    Mind is a great organisation that provides information and support for all mental health and wellbeing issues. They have put together this useful guide about Coronavirus/COVID-19 and your wellbeing.
  • Hobbylark [Website]
    Find a long list of hobbies some that can be done when isolating and some that are social and outdoors.
  • Student Minds [Website]
    Student Minds have put together a list of resources to support Students during the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Fox News [Website]
    Fox news created a video of tips to help us cope with social isolation during a pandemic.
  • Gov.uk [Website]
    UK Government website with up to date information and guidance (including legal requirements) related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • COVID-19 Self Isolation Video [YouTube]