Loneliness is an emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. It typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other people. Loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. Feeling lonely is part of being human, but when it persists it can adversely affect your mental health, for example making you feel anxious about talking with others, causing a lack motivation to stay in touch with people, or feeling affected by stigma around your mental health.
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Get fit at the same time as doing good deeds. GoodGym runners are paired with isolated older people and they run to see them each week for a quick neighbourly visit. Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. Over a million older people are always or often lonely, going for months without seeing friends or family. You could make a massive difference to their life by dropping in for 20 minutes as part of your run.