Whether it’s virtual meet-ups, check-ins or after work gatherings, it helps bring routine in to the day and create a sense of community – something that is often missing when remote working becomes the norm.
For many people having the confidence to ask for help is unnerving, and can be seen as a weakness, but talking to your manager will make them aware of how you are feeling and can stop it affecting your work.
While loneliness isn’t itself a recognised mental health problem, there is a strong relationship between feeling lonely and having poorer mental wellbeing. Tackling the simple things in life – making sure you get enough sleep and eating healthy – will mean you have the strength and resilience to help prevent any feelings of loneliness becoming overwhelming.
Engaging in physical activity, whether it’s a run, jog, walk or simply a dance around your kitchen, can boost your mood. Building physical activity into your daily routine, even if it’s just a short walk around the block at lunchtime, can go a long way to stop yourself feeling so lonely. You might enjoy exercising with others where possible within current social distancing rules, or it could be a group online training session.