Loneliness and isolation can affect a person’s emotional wellbeing. Everyone may experience down days from time to time. But when these feelings are constant, you might notice that you feel nervous or jumpy. Or that you’re quick to anger. You might lose interest in things you used to love doing. Or even turn to drugs and alcohol.
Tips to help keep yourself strong:
- Make sure you get enough sleep and eat well.
- Stay connected with family and friends who give you strength and support.
- Take time out for yourself. Do things you enjoy, like taking a hot bath, reconnecting with country or simply getting some fresh air.
- Stay connected to your physical body by playing sports or music, even dancing.
If you’re feeling down or no good, you can call 13YARN on 13 92 76. You can speak with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander support worker. It’s free, confidential and a safe place to yarn without shame or judgement. The service is available 24/7.