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The current pandemic has many undesirable consequences. One of them is the need to isolate ourselves away from our friends, relatives and colleagues.

With many companies moving to virtual workforces, many of us have lost the benefits of our daily social connections. Of course, Zoom and others can try to fill this gap, but in the long run, the feel, touch and personal interaction we receive from others has proven to be irreplaceable.

Dealing with isolation can be difficult for both families and individuals. It can be especially difficult for young people who are single and responsible.

Many young adults have become accustomed to a variety of seemingly uninterrupted social activities. Dates, parties, shopping trips, eating out, and sporting events have become the norm. The covid19 epidemic has led to a significant reduction, if not elimination, of most of these social occasions.

When young adults spend a lot of time at home, they can feel very lonely. This can lead to anxiety and depression, which can have a negative impact on their work performance.

Here are five positive ways to help young adults cope with the limitations caused by the pandemic.

1. connect with like-minded peers Porch parties and small group gatherings with a moderate social distance have proven to be effective in meeting the needs of the group. However, it should be limited to people who are positive and likeable as opposed to those who do not share the same values as you. Drinking should be limited. Phone calls, text messaging, email, and social media can help you stay in touch with close and distant friends in your network.

2 Discuss your personal problems with your family. Keep in touch with your family. Don't hesitate to discuss your personal dilemma or problem with a parent, sibling, co-worker, respected mentor, life coach, or member of the clergy.

3. improve your skills By spending additional time at home, you can improve your skills. By taking online courses, you can improve your knowledge and career. You can also learn a new hobby, a foreign language, or volunteer to help those less fortunate. All of these activities create positive energy and a sense of fulfillment, not despair.

4. physical activity. An exercise program can help relieve stress and anxiety. It helps build stamina and energy and helps you sleep better. As long as you don't wear a mask, you can run or walk outside. Visiting a quiet place, like a park, adds to the fun. Also, indoor activities such as yoga can help improve your body and mind.

5. strengthen your relationship with God Last but not least, you should develop an unshakable faith in God. Believe that God will help you overcome any personal crisis related to the pandemic. Faith in a higher power will guide you when you feel hopeless. You are never alone, because God is always with you. You are never alone, because God is always with you.

Bruce Sheridan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Life Compass, Inc. in St. Louis. Life Compass is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to serve God by training young adults to plan and live a God-centered, fulfilling life. There is no charge for individuals to attend. The organization relies on donations from individuals and businesses. The goal is not to serve as a therapist or social worker, but to provide coaches to help young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 have a sense of purpose, a relationship with God and a lifelong journey to care for themselves.