We Need to Understand the Difference Between Isolation and Loneliness

Both can pose distinct dangers to our mental and physical health.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders

This Is Our Chance to Pull Teenagers Out of the Smartphone Trap

Loneliness among students has soared worldwide. It doesn’t have to be like that.

#education-k-12, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smartphones, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Trump, Covid and the Loneliness Breaking America

Authoritarianism attracts isolated people.

#arendt-hannah, #bender-michael-c, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frankly-we-did-win-this-election-the-inside-story-of-how-trump-lost-book, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #loneliness, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #the-storm-is-upon-us-how-qanon-became-a-movement-cult-and-conspiracy-theory-of-everything-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Andrew Rannells: What I Learned on Cameo During Covid

I taped personal messages to raise money for charity. I didn’t expect the requests to hit close to home. People wanted me to tell them, “You are OK.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Why Leaving the Nest Is Harder the Second Time Around

After moving back in with their parents during the pandemic, some young adults are struggling to adjust to life on their own.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youth

How to Rearrange Your Post-Pandemic ‘Friendscape’

Re-entry offers an opportunity to choose which relationships we wish to resurrect and which are better left dormant.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Kristen Radtke Considers Another American Epidemic: Loneliness

The writer and artist spent nearly three years researching why so many of us feel so alone. What she found was much worse than she imagined.

#loneliness, #radtke-kristen-1987, #writing-and-writers

For Mother’s Day, a Healing Meditation on Mortality

An emotional episode of “The Midnight Gospel” on Netflix helped our critic process her own fears about loneliness and loss.

#grief-emotion, #loneliness, #television, #the-midnight-gospel-tv-program, #trussell-duncan, #ward-pendleton

How Post-Covid Small Talk Could Be Deeper and Better

As we emerge from social isolation, there are ways to make our conversations richer and deeper. 

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #grief-emotion, #loneliness, #memory, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Doctors Harness the Power of Human Connections

Social medicine programs, which often encourage patients to engage with other people, can help address dementia, isolation and more.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #doctors, #elderly, #loneliness, #parkinsons-disease, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Feeling Blah During the Pandemic? It’s Called Languishing

It’s the neglected middle child of mental health, and can dull your motivation and focus. It may be the dominant emotion of 2021.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #productivity, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Gearing Up for the ‘New Normal’

In “The New Normal,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton explores the mental health repercussions of the pandemic and ways to rebuild our overall health.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #meditation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #weight

Parents, Stop Talking About the ‘Lost Year’

Teenagers and tweens will be fine, experts say — if adults model resilience.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #friendship, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #middle-school, #parenting, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states

How to Be Social Again

After a year of virtual gathering, getting back to real-life relationships can be intimidating. These eight simple exercises can help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #optimism, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #university-of-california-berkeley

Why We Romanticize the Past

Ah, the good old days. Were they really that good?

#content-type-service, #emotions, #loneliness, #memory

How Covid Can Change Your Personality

Distancing and isolation shaped who we are.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #parties-social, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

Learning to Connect With My Male Friends

For some men, long-term, meaningful relationships are harder to build and maintain into adulthood.

#anxiety-and-stress, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders

How Two Lonely Generations Are Helping Each Other Heal

Young adults and the elderly were especially isolated in the pandemic. There are efforts underway to help connect them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #loneliness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youth

One Year Together, Apart

The pandemic redefined relationships and self-reliance.

#depression-mental, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Hearing My Dead Wife’s Voice in the Pandemic’s Silence

She had always been the person I turned to in difficult times. Maybe she could help me through this isolation, too.

#grief-emotion, #loneliness, #marriages, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

#central-falls-ri, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #loneliness, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-states-us, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pawtucket-ri, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #providence-ri, #quarantines, #rhode-island, #rhode-island-hospital, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

Are Some Foods Addictive

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #american-journal-of-clinical-nutrition, #anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #carbohydrates, #diet-and-nutrition, #emotions, #fast-food-industry, #food, #loneliness, #obesity, #psychology-and-psychologists, #salt, #smoking-and-tobacco, #weight

Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On

Experts paint a grim picture of the struggle with lockdown isolation — a “mental health pandemic” that should be treated as seriously as containing the coronavirus.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #youth

‘Our Goal is That No Lemurs Live Alone’

At the Duke Lemur Center, an innovative plan to keep the animals social late in life: pair them with lemurs of another species.

#duke-university, #durham-nc, #elderly, #friendship, #lemurs, #loneliness, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

French Nun Sister Andre, Close to Turning 117, Knocks Down Covid-19

Sister André will celebrate her victory against the virus and her 117th birthday on Thursday with a feast, and a glass of Champagne.

#birthdays, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #france, #loneliness, #nuns, #nursing-homes

The Pandemic Brought Depression and Anxiety. Reaching Out Helped.

Connecting with others on social media has helped ease the fear and loneliness of pandemic living.

#anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

Book Review: ‘We Need to Hang Out,’ by Billy Baker

In “We Need to Hang Out,” Billy Baker dissects the perils of isolation and the very real struggle to connect.

#baker-billy-journalist, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #we-need-to-hang-out-book

What Would David Bowie Do?

Five years after his death, the dystopian world that his music describes seems closer than ever. But maybe he can show us a way out of it.

#blackstar-album, #bowie-david, #diamond-dogs-album, #grief-emotion, #loneliness, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-rise-and-fall-of-ziggy-stardust-and-the-spiders-from-mars-album

‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic

Substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

‘Because of You Guys, I’m Stuck in My Room’

Residents and caregivers at senior living facilities write about life during the pandemic — and trying to stay safe while facing the challenges of long-term isolation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #united-states

How to Stay Connected and Fend Off Loneliness in the New Year

As we head into 2021, here is some advice from Well on how to replace loneliness with opportunities for connection.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness

As the vaccine rolls out in nursing homes, more visits should be allowed.

#alzheimers-disease, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #loneliness, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

#christmas, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #jamaica-queens-ny, #loneliness, #midwood-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #throgs-neck-bronx-ny

Plants, Piano and Takeout: How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

#christmas, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #jamaica-queens-ny, #loneliness, #midwood-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #throgs-neck-bronx-ny

‘Wintering’ Offers Hopeful Perspective on Embracing Difficult Times

In her memoir, Katherine May writes about coping with “a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.”

#books-and-literature, #loneliness, #may-katherine-author, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wintering-the-power-of-rest-and-retreat-in-difficult-times-book

The Pandemic’s Inhuman Demands

Emotional respite has become a scarce public resource.

#birx-deborah-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #medicine-and-health, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

How to Combat Pandemic Loneliness

Ways to seek support while social distancing.

#anxiety-and-stress, #loneliness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

Building Emotional Safety Nets for Men

Support networks with other men can help fend off the loneliness and isolation many men experience.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emotions, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Hermits Teach About Solitude, Loneliness, Isolation

Contemporary hermits are reaching out to people struggling with isolation. Their message: Go inward, and get outside.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #meditation, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

The Truth About Thanksgiving Alone in New York City

In a city where the holiday has special significance, a ban on gatherings has left some New Yorkers planning lonely feasts.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

It’s Never Been Harder to Be the New Kid on the Block

Moving to a new place is never easy. It’s even harder, and lonelier, when no one is supposed to come within six feet of you.

#boston-mass, #california, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, Not Home for the Holidays

This Thanksgiving, none of our grandchildren will be at our table. But the pandemic winter still leaves room for the imagination.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-personal-profile, #lewis-c-s, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas, #thanksgiving-day

Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’

Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-healthcare

How to Deal With Quarantine-Induced Social Anxiety

Yes, you can enjoy socializing again. But it might take a little effort.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Enjoy the Holidays Alone

Single people make up one third of all American households and finding ways to celebrate this Thanksgiving means taking action ahead of time.

#content-type-service, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #single-persons, #social-media, #thanksgiving-day

Americans, Stop Being Ashamed of Weakness

As human beings, our vulnerability is the source of our strength.

#loneliness, #stroke, #united-states

Nursing Homes, Racked by the Virus, Face a New Crisis: Isolation

Nursing homes set restrictions to lower risks, but Covid-19 has continued spreading in some homes, and residents are now grappling with consequences from isolation.

#alzheimers-disease, #american-health-care-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #kirkland-wash, #loneliness, #nursing-homes

You’re Not Too Old to Talk to Someone

Studies have shown that older people do as well in psychotherapy as younger ones. But finding and affording therapy can prove difficult.

#anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #elderly, #loneliness, #medicare, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What It’s Like to Be a Teen During the Pandemic

It’s rough for adolescents during the pandemic. Here’s what they’re going through, and how you can help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teenagers-and-adolescence