Loneliness is one of the most commonly ignored conditions of our modern age. The days where communities used to live together are long gone. Today, you’d be surprised to know that most people don’t even know their neighbors. Therefore, many individuals are struggling with isolation. Being lonely can have dramatic impacts on your health. Psychologists go even as far as to describe loneliness as a silent killer. Indeed, it can be linked to depression, heart disease, loss of self-confidence, and the overall weakening of your immune system. Does being alone make you sick? It can affect your self-worth and lifestyle habits. However, it’s important to understand that living alone is not the same thing as being lonely. In fact, it only takes a little willpower to make the world a less lonely place for those who live and work on their own.
Offer companionship to those in need
Treat others as you’d like to be treated. With this approach in mind, you may want to reach out to your elderly relatives who live alone. Give them an unexpected phone call to take some news and exchange some gossip. Do they need help with something, such as getting the heating fixed this winter? It doesn’t cost much effort to offer to organize repair works for them, but it can make a great deal of difference for vulnerable seniors. If you enjoy helping old people navigate some of the challenges of everyday life, you could consider applying to an Elder Companion Care program to provide companionship. A companion is not a trained nurse, but someone who offers assistance such as shopping, making meals, or sharing safe hobbies.
Consider how you feel
Feeling lonely doesn’t always relate to whether you are alone or not. Loneliness is a state of despair when you feel exposed and vulnerable with nobody to turn to. Sometimes being stuck in a highly stressful situation can contribute to feeling lonely. Unfortunately, you can eliminate stress from your day-to-day life. However, what you can do is choose how you react to it. Allowing yourself to get some headspace through yoga or even a meditation app can dramatically transform your approach to life events. Meditation helps to feel grounded and stop negative patterns before they affect you.
Making friends is no easy task. However, while we know that we should be careful about choosing our friends, we can’t afford to approach new relationships with a closed mind. People are different. Therefore if you’re looking for friends who share all your opinions and moods, you are at risk of isolating yourself. You need to approach people with an open mind, welcoming their differences and being tolerant of their emotional states. We may not think and feel the same things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends!
You have the potential to be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. A lot of people struggle with low esteem and, therefore, find it hard to connect with others. Don’t let your inner fears isolate you from people. The cure to loneliness begins with self-love. Remember that you are worth knowing!
Loneliness is a silent demon that can distort everybody’s life and mental health. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for it. But that’s because you are the cure. You can reach out to others to heal their lonely wounds and yours. In short, it’s time to ask yourself when you’re going to stand to loneliness!