Chat over the fence or balcony
Simply talking to people can really make a difference to how they feel. So, have a chat with a neighbour over a fence or balcony, if you can – but remember to keep your distance, of course.
Visit people virtually
If you have a smartphone, apps such as Skype and WhatsApp enable you to make video calls for free. If you’d usually catch up with your neighbours over a cup of tea, this might prove a great alternative.
Use local Facebook or WhatsApp groups
These local networks can help you to stay updated and share news about support in your area.
Offer to do a neighbour’s shopping
If you need some shopping urgently, think whether you could perhaps pick up a few things for a neighbour too. That means just one person is going out, not two.
Keep noise down
If noise is an issue in your home, think about whether you could do something more quietly. Wearing headphones when listening to music or watching a film is a good example of this.
Be tolerant of others
You’re likely to be more aware of the noise of children playing or people going about their lives at this time. Try to be tolerant of them. Plus, people are less likely to want to stop and talk and they may rush past you if they see you. Don’t take it to heart – they don’t mean it personally.