12 Solo Activities for Coping With Loneliness

Everyone feels lonely sometimes, even when they’re not alone. But in recent years, Americans’ loneliness has escalated. According to an advisory released by the surgeon general in May 2023, we’re in the midst of a loneliness epidemic, caused by an increased reliance on technology, less in-person time spent with friends, and declines in the number of close friends people report having.

The pandemic exacerbated these trends, the report found, and the consequences can be dire.

Research shows, for instance, that loneliness is linked to a higher risk of psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Loneliness is associated with physical repercussions as well. One study linked loneliness to chronic, systemic inflammation, which can increase your risk for a host of disorders, from cancer to neurodegenerative diseases.

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