Loneliness: Surprising Ways It Impacts Our Health and Wellbeing

Loneliness Surprising Impacts Our Health Well being

2. Be positive 

Always stay in touch with loved ones. Connect with people in real life than hiding behind social media texts. Let not technology distract you from forming genuine connections. Don’t assume rejections and pain, but always expect the best. Focus on every tiny, good thing that is currently happening in your life such as a hike in salary or good bonding with your neighbor, and so on. You will attract more people when you are cheerful and happy. 

3. Take a stand 

If you are longing for a deeper connection with others, then be brave enough to take action.  Steer a conversation with others by sharing your feelings and experiences rather than having just a superficial chit chat. Spend a quality time with your family and friends. Look for topics that can help you keep the conversation going for hours! Try talking to people with similar attitudes, interests, and values so that you can develop quality relationships. Social support makes it easy to recover from mental illness according to Mental Health America.   

4. Practice self-love

Be kind and compassionate towards yourself! Go shopping, get that stylish haircut that you always postpone, eat at your favorite restaurant, or sit at a beach and spend some quality time with yourself. Leave no chance to pamper yourself when feeling lonely. Self-criticism or blaming yourself for everything going wrong in your life is harmful when you are lonely. Instead of expecting love and kindness from people, focus on how you can be kind to yourself and others. People who have a right amount of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy are less likely to be lonely. 

Related: 12 Tips To Self-Love And Compassion

5. Try a new hobby

If you are feeling lonely with plenty of free time, why not finish that art course that has been on your bucket list for long? Or you may try to dance, learn guitar, or anything else that can keep your mind engaged.   

6. Consider community service 

Try connecting with a cathedral or any other community service where you can meet new people and develop friendships. Take up volunteer work in old age homes or any institutes where you can offer practical support to those in need and engage in face-to-face interactions. The National Institutes of Health emphasis on volunteering because helping others is one of the best ways to break the cycle of loneliness. Also, there are many charities, loneliness campaigns, and organizations working to provide companionship to people who are lonely. Find new ways to be around people. 

7. Adopt a pet

Research suggests plenty of mental health benefits of pets including decreasing loneliness. Living with a pet can make you feel livelier, fuller, and more connected to the world. It can also help you increase the chances of meeting new people. 

Related: How Owning a Pet Dog Can Help with Your Mental Health

Wrap Up

Loneliness is more terrible than you think! Being alone and sad is fine unless the feelings of loneliness persist for months and hamper your mood, behavior, and lifestyle. Although, it’s hard, but not impossible to overcome loneliness. If the above tips don’t help you then consider reaching out to a therapist for the right support.  

Feel free to share the article with your friends and spread awareness. Also, let me know your thoughts about the health impacts of loneliness in comments. 


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