Are You Lonely? How Loneliness Impacts On Your Health.
With the increasingly fast access to social media on smartphones, tablets and computers – society is more connected to the rest of the world than ever before. Yet there has been a steady increase of loneliness and isolation across society. People are spending more time on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other apps, than they are in the real world with their family and friends. According to recent statistics, there are over 9 million lonely people in the UK and only 4 million of them are older people. Work demands and sleep issues also add to the misery of loneliness.
Most people say that it’s okay to be alone, to have time for yourself as you don’t want to be constantly surrounded by people. It is a good choice, if it’s your choice. Feeling alone reflects a sense of emotional separation, which may also mean that you are physically alone. Loneliness could be; not having anyone to confide in, not being able to share things with anyone or wishing you had someone there when you do not.
- Loneliness can negatively impact your emotions, making you feel isolated, misunderstood and depressed. It can decrease your self-esteem and confidence.
- Loneliness is worse for you than obesity, and will make you more susceptible to developing dementia, heart disease and depression.
- Feeling lonely, living on your own and poor social connections can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
- A survey found that 43% of 17-25 year olds have experienced loneliness.
- Research has shown that up to 50% of disabled people will be lonely on any one given day.
How to Feel Less Lonely.
Face to face connection with others is the best remedy. Getting out of your home and going to support groups, education classes, social groups, volunteering or doing to exercise and dance classes is a great start. There are so many groups that you can get involved in (check the groups out in Your Local Link Magazine). You should also try to think in a more positive way, as developing a positive mindset will help you improve your outlook on life.
I prescribe exercise to every client that walks through my door, whether it’s a brisk 30-minute walk, swimming, cycling, and gym classes – whatever an individual can enjoy and fit into their daily life. Where the body goes, the mind follows – and vice versa.
If I could bottle the benefits of exercise I would be the richest person in the world.
I currently have an offer on my Mind/Body wellbeing packages; please contact me for more information. These packages will benefit those who want to improve their mindset, and become more physically active. After an in depth consultation, I will create a bespoke package to suit your goals.