Loneliness Awareness Week takes place 14th-18th June 2021.
Many people have experienced loneliness since the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic began, however you don't have to live alone or have no friends or family to experience loneliness, which may in turn have a negative effect on your mental health.
The Mind website says:
"We all feel lonely from time to time. Feelings of loneliness are personal, so everyone's experience of loneliness will be different.
One common description of loneliness is the feeling we get when our need for rewarding social contact and relationships is not met. But loneliness is not always the same as being alone.
You may choose to be alone and live happily without much contact with other people, while others may find this a lonely experience.
Or you may have lots of social contact, or be in a relationship or part of a family, and still feel lonely – especially if you don't feel understood or cared for by the people around you (see our information on the causes of loneliness)."
Mind explain here what loneliness is and some of the causes.
They also have some great tips and videos on managing feelings of loneliness which are broken down into the following short sections - why not check these out below:
- Take it slow
- Make new connections
- Try peer support
- Try to open up
- Talking therapies
- Social care
- Be careful when comparing yourself to others
- Look after yourself
We hope you find the above links useful in identifying causes for any feelings you may have of loneliness and finding useful ways to overcome or lessen these.
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