What drives people to garden isn't the fear of hunger so much as hunger for physical contact – and a longing to engage in work that is real.
Amid emotional devastation and uncertainty, coronavirus is providing the potential for more connectedness, and for radically changing the meanings of community itself.
Anxiety and loneliness affect many people at the best of times. The pandemic-induced isolation and stress won't be helping, but cities can do many things to improve the 'emotional climate'.
Brain regions associated with threat and aversion are activated when we feel lonely and rejected.
For many people living in residential aged care, their priority is quality of life, not length of life. So how do we reconcile this with the need to restrict visitors during the coronavirus pandemic?
Most people in the West are used to some form of solitude from time to time. But this is a fairly new normal.
We live in the time of the 'quantified self'. This means we're constantly under pressure to use technology to 'optimise' ourselves, and may be why many people view gaming as a 'waste of time'.
The 'tough guy' is a cultural archetype that political leaders have long adopted. But during crises, Americans tend to look for a different kind of hero.
Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?
From Facebook to WhatsApp, technology is important to keeping older generations from feeling lonely while social distancing during coronavirus
As people social distance, a new social life and community can be found online.
Government policies and nursing home operators will need to navigate a delicate balance: how to protect older people from COVID-19 while maintaining their rights to social engagement.
Humans are innately social, so periods of enforced quarantine or isolation will be a challenge. But there are some things we can do to ensure being isolated doesn't translate to feeling lonely.
Top tips for staying mentally well in a time of this pandemic.
Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.
Socially isolated people have higher levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen.
There is heavy social media use among both the most lonely and least lonely people. So what exactly is the relationship between social media use and loneliness?
More attention needs to be paid to loneliness’s complex history.
Loneliness is a bigger cause of death than a poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and it's on a par with heavy smoking. So let's get talking about it.
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