Fighting Loneliness When You're Sick
Being sick often means you have to isolate yourself. Of course, that’s necessary to keep your illness from spreading and to keep others safe. But it can lead to a troubling, persistent feeling of loneliness.
If you’re feeling lonely during an illness, I know that’s tough. But you can rest assured that there are ways to feel less lonely when you’re sick, and to get some encouragement while you rest and recover.
Here are some things that help me during a challenging bout with sickness. I hope they help to remind you that you’re not alone in how you feel, and that they give you some creative ideas for how to fight loneliness.
How to Feel Less Lonely when You're Sick
1. Video Calling with Family and Friends
Video calling is a great way to see friends and family face to face, and hear their voices, without risking the spread of illness. Depending on how you feel, maybe you can start with one video call every other day. That way you’re still checking in regularly without draining your energy. And you have plenty of time to rest in between.
2. Praying Together
Sometimes illness can be scary, and you may feel like you need spiritual encouragement and support from people who share your faith or worldview. Praying together helps me feel more connected to my loved ones, even when we can’t be in the same room. They remind me of how much God loves me, and that He helps strengthen and heal me in many ways.
3. Getting a Pen-pal
Finding a pen-pal can be a great way to lift your spirits when you’re not feeling well. And it’s a way of feeling more connected that doesn’t rely on screens and devices. Try asking for pen-pals among close friends or see if a friend from social media who you haven’t been in touch with for a while wants to exchange letters, postcards, or emails. It’s a great way to build a friendship, and it always makes me feel better when I get a heartfelt note or letter in the mail.
4. Asking for What You Need
It is a way of seeking connection, and it will help you feel less lonely and isolated, even though you’re not engaged in your normal routine. Often people will ask if they can help once they know you’re not feeling well. Let people you trust know what you need. And don’t forget to express gratitude for others’ kindness and care.
Sometimes, even when I’m being creative about connecting with others, sickness can seem overwhelming. If your sickness requires long periods of isolation, or has other symptoms that are emotionally draining, you’re not alone.
Talk to a HopeCoach at TheHopeLine today. We offer mentoring and resources to uplift you when you’re feeling lonely, and to provide emotional healing as your body recovers. We’re here for you, and we hope you feel better soon!