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Dear Caroline,

I’m a single woman, 34, living alone. Ever since the pandemic, I’ve been working from home, ordering everything through delivery services or online, and staying in touch with friends over text. Little by little, I’ve fallen into a very isolated lifestyle.

I was just invited to a dinner party and I know should go. I need to get out of this rut. However, the thought makes me nervous. That’s how out of practice I am. How can I rebuild my confidence in a hurry?


Dear Hermit,

Contrary to the way you signed your letter, you’re not alone. A lot of people have fallen into post-pandemic isolation by way of inertia. I’m glad you’re aware of this downward spiral and are making a change. Beyond looking your best, here are two things you can do to ensure you’ll enjoy the party.

1) Brush up on current events so you can contribute to the conversation. Meanwhile, remember that highly charged controversial topics aren’t fit for conversation for a dinner party.

2) Since you’ve been eating alone for eons, eat a few meals in front of a mirror or your laptop camera. It’s amazing how slouchy and sloppy we get when left to our own devices. That crash course in self-awareness might feel like a bit of a rude awakening, but it will help you improve your dining etiquette.

Glad you’re getting back into the swing of things!


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