Now for the third instalment of tips for good mental health during self-isolation and social distancing…
Tip 3: Connect with loved ones
People are powerful. They can empower us or disempower us; raise or lower our self-worth, make us feel appreciated or unappreciated; feel safe (emotionally, physically, financially) or unsafe; and they can intentionally care for us or intentionally hurt us. People are very powerful.
In fact, a wealth of research highlights that people with good-quality, close relationships and those who feel well connected with other human beings are happier, physically healthier and live longer.  On the flip side, negative relationships can damage our health and that feeling lonely can actually shorten our lifespan. 
Research into happiness building strategies that work also highlights that one of four key activities that build our happiness is socialising.  But not all social contact is equal. Research suggests that social media can positively impact our well-being when we are seeking to feel connected to other human beings but face-to-face communication both enhances our well-being when we want to feel connected to other humans and helps when we want to avoid social isolation. 
So video chatting on platforms such as Skype or WhatsApp are better ways to feel connected during the coronavirus outbreak than simply ‘liking’ and posting on social media. Face-to-face connection matters to us.
Use human connection with the people you have positive relationships with in your life, both when you are feeling low, and as a way of maintaining resilience and well-being day-to-day. It significantly helps.
Plus, remember to make the time you spend connecting, quality time that boosts one another’s self-esteem, confidence, resilience, mental health and happiness. And remember to connect frequently, with phone calls, texts and video chat.
Lots of love, Sam xx