Quarantine comes with a wide range of challenges, and perhaps one of the most difficult of all is loneliness. Curbing Covid-19 means no spontaneous encounters with strangers and friends. It means no hugs, no parties, no casual chats at the gym, and no striking up a conversation with a stranger at a bar. 

To protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities, we have to spend a great deal of time alone, or with just a few other people. As social beings, this is undeniably an uncomfortable new lifestyle. 

Beyond that, loneliness is bad for your health. Loneliness is not unexpected during quarantine, but it isn’t insurmountable. Loneliness can very well be cured by genuine connection, which is something you can very well achieve—even if you can’t touch anyone for the foreseeable future.

Some Options Available to You

Sure, you may not be meeting girls on the town, but you can definitely meet them online, and let me tell you, they are online right now. Everyone is. Everyone is in the same boat of being stuck at home craving social connection. That means that women are particularly receptive to online conversation. 

Maybe you want to meet new women, or maybe you want to rekindle the fire with someone from your past. Maybe that girl who seems to just see you as a friend is actually secretly interested in you. 

One of the side-effects of a global crisis is that everyone’s minds are open to new possibilities. The past starts to slip away as the new reality takes shape. That means that this is your chance to take a relationship in a new direction.

Competition and How to Beat it

But, you have to realize that many other men have the same feelings and desires as you, so they are definitely reaching out to the women they know. So yes, connection is just around the corner, but you’ll want to make sure that you don’t end up getting drowned out. 

When that spunky, assertive redhead friend of yours is opening text messages, make sure she doesn’t gloss over yours. Don’t just send out generic messages like “What’s up?” Stand out and make sure your text gets read by asking her a specific question about something you know interests her. This will also set you up for genuine conversation: the loneliness cure. 

Virtual is the New In-Person

If you move past the texting stage and set up a video chat, the connection is going to be stronger and easier. You can even build sexual energy with a woman through a video chat

There is no replacement for physical touch, but video chat is definitely a powerful way to feel connected and it gives you a chance to further a relationship with someone special.

Virtual forms of connection are great, but there is something important about actually being present in the same space as someone. Unless you live somewhere where leaving the house is forbidden, you should engage in some social distance activities to curb feelings of loneliness. Maybe you ask that girl you’ve been chatting with to go for a walk in the park, or maybe you reach out to old friends and go for a hike together (but apart…).  

The power of other people will make itself known quickly, and you will start to feel much more at ease and more connected in no time. You have options! Put yourself out there and see what comes back. Though it may look different, this is very much a time for meaningful connection.