Loneliness affects millions of us with 1 in 4 adults in the UK experiencing feelings of loneliness some or all of the time. Prolonged feelings of loneliness can negatively affect our mental health. There is a lot of stigma around loneliness with more than a third of people admitting that they would never tell someone they feel lonely.
Due to Covid, many businesses adopted new working from home or hybrid working policies. Although restrictions have eased and employees are able to return to the office, a lot of businesses have kept these policies in place. Remote working promises flexibility and a better work-life balance for all, however, long-term remote working can be isolating and lead to feelings of loneliness.
Working from home can be especially difficult for those of us with certain risk factors. Some of the many risk factors outlined by The Mental Health Foundation include being single, from ethnic minority backgrounds and living alone.
Throughout lockdown, our Allstaff team all worked from home and found it to be very lonesome at times. We have compiled some of our top tips for fighting feelings of loneliness whilst working remotely.
Everybody’s unique and different, and so is their Mental Health – one size does not fit all. As such these tips may not work for you. However, there are always people out there wanting to help.
Admitting you are struggling is the hardest part, so to make it the tiniest bit easier, we’ve attached links below to some organisations that are dedicated to helping you and others battle against mental health:
Why not share your story with others by using the hashtags #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Share a photo of a time when you felt lonely and nobody knew.