Loneliness is everywhere - so how can we get better at making new friends? The answer: vulnerability, trust and time.
Social isolation can be hard for people living in long-term care homes, make sure to schedule window visits while lockdowns are in place.
As people living in long-term care homes brave another lockdown, communication is key and the presence of family members (virtually or through the window) is needed.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being?
Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
A man wearing a protective mask rides his bicycle past a face mask mural during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto.
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People can counter the helplessness felt during the pandemic and build power by creating a sense of purpose and community amid the confusion of COVID-19.
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Nearly half of people in the UK report experiencing loneliness.
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With projections that 68% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, it’s important we tackle loneliness now before it becomes epidemic.
Lockdown loneliness is not necessarily leading to an eagerness to date.
Lockdown loneliness doesn’t mean people are rushing out on dates, says an expert.
Older adults can experience negative health effects due to social isolation.
Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.
In a new survey, Australians report a reduction in the quality and size of their friendships, not just during lockdowns, but months after they end.
Social media can provide ways for LGBTQ youth to learn more about, and stay connected to, their identities.
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While online communities may not fully address the isolation LGBTQ youth face in-person, they can serve as an important source of social support and a springboard for civic engagement.
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Over 130 hours of conversations with older people reveal the truth of what it’s like to get old and how to cope with loneliness.
During lockdowns, researchers have explored loneliness with Australians over 65. Picking up the phone for a meaningful chat is more important than you might think.
With lockdowns likely to be a part of life in Australia until a significant majority of us are vaccinated, it’s timely to think about what we can do to look out for people who may be vulnerable.
For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities.
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Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
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For the areas of cities with less than 10% green space, increasing that to 30% could cut the overall odds of residents becoming lonely by a quarter.
Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too.
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Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
Pubs are recognised as important assets to their communities, providing economic and social value alike.
AIs are no substitute for human contact, but they can diminish loneliness.
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AI chatbots can provide mental health support for people who are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across Europe, intensified loneliness is associated with a six- to ten-fold increase in worsened depressed mood, anxiety symptoms and sleep problems.
Families can prioritize learning more healthy ways to eat.
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Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.