Everyone feels lonely sometimes. But if you’re feeling isolated and sad, it’s time to find some support.
Loneliness can really affect your mental health, so we’d like to help. There’s information and support for you here even if you’re not a Bupa customer.
Coping with loneliness
Feeling lonely isn’t trivial, but it’s usually very difficult to admit. It can be about being isolated but there are other causes, too. Some people don’t see enough of their loved ones, or their relationships aren’t fulfilling. If you’re not getting enough contact, or the right kind, it can lead to mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.
The signs of loneliness can creep up on you. For example, you might not remember when you last laughed or spoke to anyone. You might feel disconnected even when you’re with others. If this is your normal, you might benefit from some support and advice in coping with loneliness.
Are you an older person who’s feeling lonely?
If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, Bupa Buddy is here for a chat. We understand that it can be tough to self-isolate or shield because of COVID-19. So why not make yourself a cup of tea and give us a call? You don’t even have to be a Bupa customer.
Look out for the signs of loneliness
The signs of loneliness can vary. Here are some you might recognise:
- Feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy
- A sense of detachment from the world
- Struggling to enjoy hobbies, food or your work
- Finding it difficult to be in company and avoiding others, perhaps feeling shy or clumsy
- Having difficulty putting your worries into perspective
- Being poorly more often and not sleeping well
- Looking for comfort in alcohol or shopping
Stay connected with friends and family during COVID-19
Here are our tips if you’re struggling with the effects of having stayed home, you don’t like going out, or you’re still shielding.
Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance
†Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.
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