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How loneliness can affect your health - and how to fight it
Monday, 11 May · 2 min read

If it’s been a while since you’ve had contact with someone, or a meaningful conversation, you may be feeling very lonely.

Humans are social beings that share a basic need to interact with others, so staying at home for weeks or months can trigger feelings of loneliness - particularly if you live on your own.

Loneliness has been linked to many mental and physical health conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, poor sleep quality and heart issues -- it can also affect your immune system, and be as damaging to your health as smoking.

If you're feeling lonely, take the time to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling.

If you miss seeing friends or family, or the activities you once did together, try to stay connected by phone, email, video calls or social media. You could also find games or classes to enjoy together online.

It may also help to keep busy by taking up a new hobby or volunteering your time to help someone else.

Quote of the day

The best way out is always through. -- Robert Frost

How to manage anxiety in children

It’s normal for children to feel more anxious at the moment, but you may not know what changes in behaviour to look out for.

In this video from UK charity YoungMinds, Jo and Emma from the Parents Helpline offer guidance on what to look out for, and how to manage anxiety in children.