Monday 6th June
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Loneliness has become a major issue in modern society and is a growing social problem. We are more connected than ever through social media however estimates of loneliness have increased despite the modern ways of connecting that have been introduced through social media.
Everyone’s experience of loneliness will be different and is often unique to personal circumstances. Mind, the mental health charity has described loneliness as the feeling we get when our need for rewarding social contact and relationships is not met. Loneliness is not the same as being alone. It is possible to be alone, and be content. However, it is also possible to be surrounded by people, but still feel lonely, especially when we do not feel cared for by the people around us. According to Mind, feelings of loneliness can have an impact on our mental health.
The Campaign to End Loneliness is a charity that has reported that 45% of adults sometimes feel lonely or often feel lonely in England. The Campaign to End Loneliness has also highlighted risks associated with loneliness which include increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Loneliness also has a very strong link with mental health. These statistics highlight just why it is important to take the issue of loneliness seriously.
There various factors that could bring about feelings of loneliness and these will vary from person to person. Examples of factors that could bring about loneliness can include major life events and changes such as relocation, estrangement from family, lack of social activities, changes in employment and lack of social network. Other factors can include health issues which limit one’s daily activities.
We can start to break the cycle of loneliness through the activity that we do. Below are some of the ways we can start to break the cycle of loneliness.
One of the ways we can break the cycle of loneliness is picking up new hobbies as well as reintroducing some of the activities that would have once given us enjoyment which we have stopped doing.
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