Whether you live alone, or you’re self-isolating, loneliness can creep up on us all Today, many of us find ourselves stuck in the confines of our home, to protect our own health, and the health of others thanks to social distancing and self-isolation. But what do the mental effects of the coronavirus pandemic have on us? Read on to discover the steps to take to tackle loneliness and prioritise your wellbeing. What is loneliness? Being alone can affect us all in different ways. You may already live on your own and be content with little contact with other, while others may find this a lonely experience. Whereas, some may live with a partner or family and feel lonely due to them not being understood or cared for. What are the signs of loneliness? Feeling fatigued, having a lack of appetite, feeling anxious and generally having a low mood can all be signs of loneliness. How to tackle loneliness Acceptance Accepting that you’re lonely is okay. Thousands of people across the world are going through the same situation as you right now with uncertainty as to when social distancing and self-isolation will come to an end. Share your feelings with others and reach out to seek positivity in this otherwise dark time. Communicate In today’s modern world, there are so many ways to communicate. From reaching out to an old friend on Facebook, to video calling your family, there’s plenty of ways to kick start communication. There’re also websites like netdoor.co.uk that can put you into contact with those that are in your community. Those who are feeling lonely or self-isolating try QuarantineChat. An app for Android and iOS phones that aims to connect people to create serendipitous conversations. You are connected with someone on a phone call and you’re able to talk about anything, from your passions to the latest series you’ve watched. Get creative Try to keep taking part in the activities you enjoy. Express your feelings through painting or drawing, take part in a home workout from YouTube to feel energised, take part in mediation to relax, try a new recipe in the kitchen or make a new playlist with all of your favourite songs and press play. If you’re feeling well, you could go for a walk to where you may see other people, like a park. The National Trust are opening their gardens for free during the coronavirus pandemic. But remember to stay 2 meters away from others to reduce your risk. Stay positive Feelings of loneliness can come and go and they will pass, just like any other feelings. Health professionals all over the world are working hard on the outbreak to ensure the best care is available to those affected and a solution is found quickly. It’s also important to avoid fake news that is currently being circulated and only gain updates from trusted sources like the NHS and GOV.uk. If you do feel really low or depressed, there are charities out there that are able to help you like Mind or the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.