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Loneliness is an epidemic in America.

A 2018 study

found that nearly half of the 20,000 American adults surveyed sometimes or always felt alone. On top of that, forty percent of these respondents reported that they sometimes or always felt isolated and that none of their current relationships were meaningful. If you’re stuck at home, whatever the reason, the lack of human contact can be difficult to bear. Thankfully, there are ways you can safeguard your mental wellbeing during this time, and learn how to be happier and healthier than ever.

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1. Stick to a Routine

Routines keep us grounded. Our brains crave structure, especially during times of stress or uncertainty. Knowing what to expect from day to day lowers anxiety levels. Regular routines might even help us sleep better, which is vital for mental health and function. If your normal schedule has been disrupted, plan your days out for your new normal, making sure you build in plenty of time to do things you enjoy.

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