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More people are feeling lonely now than at any point during the pandemic, new figures suggest. So with Covid restrictions still in place and winter looming, how can you beat loneliness?
The office for national statistics ONS spoke to more than fdiend, people in Britain and a quarter said they are always, often or sometimes lonely. BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to young people about how they have tackled it - from finding friends online, bonding over Minecraft or simply calling mum.
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I know almost everything about all of them. Let's go and do something together. Jack Rigby says he experienced loneliness for the first time this year after he broke up with his partner during the pandemic.
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new Coronavirus: People living alone at chat of loneliness. Megan O'Brien says she struggled when she moved cities for university in She contacted them chaat was set up with Lil, It wasn't just Lil who benefitted from Megan's weekly friends. Samantha Nimmo got pregnant when she was 18 and gave birth at Matthias Glenday, 21, says he often felt lonely growing up and never really fitted in at school.
He met his first gaming friends friend he started playing Minecraft at He says finding people like him was the key to beating loneliness. Moving to a new town, city or new can be a lonely chat. For Lydia it was made even more difficult because of the pandemic.
The year-old got a new job in Spain in July and struggled to find friends. Someone she knew recommended the friendship app Bumble BFF. Lydia matched with Anna, also 24, and from the UK.
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Loneliness: The man who talked to friends Covid: Romance fraudsters 'target lonely' in chat How solitude and isolation can affect your social skills Covid: Lockdown had 'major impact' on mental health. The new had to move house and into a flat on his own, where he worked from home. Then he got Covid and didn't see anyone for two weeks. He says calling his mum ffiend helps. Nazia Hamidah had her baby daughter during lockdown and found she had little support.
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The year-old said being lonely was a "big factor during lockdown". Nazia believes social media can have a positive impact when it comes to loneliness.
How to beat loneliness. Psychologist Dr Julie Smith has given us her tips for tackling loneliness and helping others.
Take loneliness seriously and understand how important real connection is to your mental health. Make jew human connection a priorityso it helps to make things into a daily ritual. Take an interest in other people.
If you struggle with those social skills and knowing what to say, focus on just being curious about the other person. Get creative. In lockdown, we've obviously got huge limitations around us, so we need to get creative about how to make those connections.
Even having dinner over zoom will be a great idea or taking a daily walk friene a friend. Reach out to help otherswhether you feel lonely or not.
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The statistics suggest that someone you know will also be lonely, so start conversations to remind people that they matter to you. Related Feiend.
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