Loneliness is a feeling of distress people experience when their social relations are not the way they would like. It is a personal feeling of social isolation.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in four Australians were lonely (bit.ly/2yjf6vA). It is not yet known if Australians are lonelier due to social-distancing requirements and self- isolation, but it is important to take note, as lonely Australians have significantly worse physical and mental health than connected Australians (bit.ly/3aRvT6j).
This information sheet from the Australian Psychological Society outlines some useful strategies you can use to cope with feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety that you may be having at this time.