Loneliness can affect anyone – but everyone can help
09-Apr-20 · 5 mins read. Loneliness is a growing epidemic in the UK with 2.4 million adults feeling lonely, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. One of the feelings millions of us are experiencing during the current coronavirus pandemic is loneliness.
What to do if you are feeling lonely
Try calling a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor to talk about your feelings.
You could also contact?Samaritans,?call: 116 123?or email:?firstname.lastname@example.org?if you need someone to talk to.
Structure your day
Stay in virtual contact – zoom meetings, skype, teams
Join an online group or class that focuses on something you enjoy – that could be anything from an online exercise class, book club etc.
Do some physical exercise. Even if you can’t get outside, there are plenty of online exercise videos to follow indoors.
Midfullness, Yoga, Relaxation
Consider going for short walks in public places (while keeping a two metre distance).
This is a challenging and sometimes lonely time, but it will pass. There will be lots of hugs, shared pots of tea, parties and celebrations in the future. For now, let’s be as kind as possible to ourselves and others.
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