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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. : Alone and Apart: Canadians are feeling lonelier than ever. Research has shown that human beings are inherently social creatures — we crave connection and friendships. The benefits of friendship goes beyond a mental health boost, Poswolsky says, and it can help offset the physical health detriments of loneliness and isolation, which has been pervasive during the COVID pandemic.
Additionally, new people can introduce us to newer perspectives, which is exactly what some of us might need during a time of monotony and fatigue, he adds. So how does one go about making new friends in the midst of a global pandemic? Luckily, there are some methods to try. Taking virtual classes is another way to build new connections because you have a shared purpose and goal, Poswolsky says.
Though the support group was only meant to last six weeks, he says some members are still meeting up to remain as ability partners. Similarly, Edmonton-based fitness trainer and nutrition coach, Humairah Irfan, created an online program on social media to help women stay active during the COVID pandemic. Last year, Irfan posted a callout on Facebook for families who have never gone camping before and wanted to learn. Minority groups may not know how to do a lot of this stuff and it can be a great way to learn and connect, she adds.
: Many seniors struggle with loneliness. The pandemic has only made it worse. For people who want to make new friends using apps like Bumble BFF or Meetup, Poswolsky recommends moving the friendship off the app, inviting them for a walk or a virtual event. Conrad Tyrkin, a year-old Vancouver resident who has autism, connects other people with disabilities through virtual events as part of his work through the posAbilities Association of British Columbia.
He adds that a silver lining of the pandemic is recognizing how important friendship is in our lives. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. The Lifeline Canada Foundation offers online chat lines to help people experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. In case of an emergency, please call for immediate help. For a directory of support services in your area, visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Learn more about how to help someone in crisis. World Canada Local. Feeling alone? Full Menu Search Menu.
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