According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, loneliness can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is also associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and blood pressure, as well as dementia
Having healthy social networks can decrease the risk of mortality and of developing diseases, as well as helping people recover when they are ill.
Recognizing the impact loneliness could have on you is the first step to tackling it.
Spending time online obviously cannot replace all your real-life interactions, but it can help.
However, the research found a link between loneliness and time spent online, so it is important to supplement online chats with actual meetups, too.
Attending CBT might be a good start, the study authors suggest, so perhaps consider speaking with a therapist.
Fill your time with hobbies that interest you and appreciate the pleasure that these things give you.
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