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9 subtle signs that you're lonely — even if it doesn't feel like it

INSIDER Logo By Gabbi Shaw of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 10:  Loneliness is proven to  have a detrimental effect on your body and wellbeing. It can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, reduced immunity, and depression - loneliness was even  declared a public health issue. In order to keep yourself as healthy as possible, maintaining relationships with your family and friends is key - there's a reason that "Social" is a need in "The Sims." However, even if you don't feel like you're lonely, keep an eye out for these seemingly benign signs of loneliness: your body could be trying to tell you something.

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Loneliness is proven to have a detrimental effect on your body and wellbeing. It can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, reduced immunity, and depression - loneliness was even declared a public health issue.

In order to keep yourself as healthy as possible, maintaining relationships with your family and friends is key - there's a reason that "Social" is a need in "The Sims."

However, even if you don't feel like you're lonely, keep an eye out for these seemingly benign signs of loneliness: your body could be trying to tell you something.

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