By Rev. Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr.

Are you feeling lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic? You’re not alone. Many people are feeling lonely and isolated. But, feeling lonely or being isolated can be bad for your health. Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, dementia, and early death.

Are You at Risk?
Try to stay active and better connected if you:

  • live alone or are unable to leave your home
  • feel alone or disconnected from others
  • recently experienced a major loss or change
  • are a caregiver
  • lack a sense of purpose

Ideas for Staying Connected
Find an activity that you enjoy or learn something new. You might have fun and meet people who like to do the same thing.

  • Get moving! Exercise decreases stress, boosts your mood, and increases your energy.
  • Volunteer. You’ll feel better by helping others.
  • Stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors in person, online, or by phone.
  • Consider adopting a pet. Animals can be a source of comfort and may also lower stress and blood pressure.

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