With restrictions lifting last month, many people are catching up with friends and family and are enjoying reconnecting. Relationships, however, may have suffered over the last 18 months due to the pandemic, but nurturing those connections is crucial for your wellbeing.
Relationships can increase feelings of happiness, belonging and purpose. Boost your emotional health and reach out to someone you haven’t seen for a while. If you are anxious about meeting in a busy place, why not meet a friend outside and enjoy the warm weather and natural surroundings?
Did you know?
- According to a global survey, 33% of adults have experienced feelings of loneliness over the last 18 months
- Levels of loneliness in the UK have increased by 7.2% (approx. 3.2 million adults) since spring 2020
- 63% of people in the UK have reported feeling stressed about the impact COVID-19 has had on their life
- In December 2020, the Government announced a £7m fund to tackle loneliness
Maintaining your social relationships, whether that’s family, friends, or colleagues is just as important for your wellbeing as healthy eating and exercise. This factsheet will help you discover how staying connected can lower depression and boost your self-esteem, as well as how you can access support if you’re feeling lonely.
Save with My Core Benefits
Seeing your friends and entertaining family doesn’t have to break the bank this summer! Whether it’s a quick coffee, picnic or a day out – you can save and help with re-connecting using My Core Benefits.
Are you feeling lonely and want to talk to someone?
Reach out to Talk2Us, our peer-to-peer support service – chat in confidence to our volunteer colleagues about whatever is on your mind. Call 01246 385290 or email Talk2Us@greencore.com Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Or you can contact GroceryAid, our charity partner for a wide range of support. More information can be accessed on www.groceryaid.org.uk.
Remember, it’s good to talk!