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Feeling lonely working from home? Here's how to fight it

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Many of us are working from home these days.

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Remote work can be a boon to some — those who need more flexible schedules or have a long commute.

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But in the current environment, with the Covid-19 pandemic shutting down many opportunities for social gatherings, WFH can lead to feelings of loneliness.

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And loneliness and work don’t always get along.

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In a 2018 study, researchers who tracked work productivity and feelings of loneliness of more than 700 employees at 2 companies found that loneliness was linked to poor job performance.

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But that study was about loneliness at work. Now, people might be dealing with loneliness at work and at home.

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Working remotely can mean lonely people can “fall off the grid,” Sigal Barsade, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, tells Inverse.

Here are three ways to help stave off feelings of loneliness.

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Laugh. Watch a funny show, movie, stand-up special, or even a YouTube video.

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Exercise. Exercising can help you get out of your head, plus it comes with physical and mental benefits.

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Get Outside. Being outside, especially around nature, is a well-established mood-booster.

Read more mental health stories here.

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