Recognize the impact of loneliness
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, loneliness can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is also associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and blood pressure, as well as dementia
Having healthy social networks can decrease the risk of mortality and of developing diseases, as well as helping people recover when they are ill.
Recognizing the impact loneliness could have on you is the first step to tackling it.
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Fill your time with hobbies that interest you and appreciate the pleasure that these things give you.
Attending CBT might be a good start, the study authors suggest, so perhaps consider speaking with a therapist.
Spending time online obviously cannot replace all your real-life interactions, but it can help.
However, the research found a link between loneliness and time spent online, so it is important to supplement online chats with actual meetups, too.
Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.
For example, a college freshman might feel lonely despite being surrounded by roommates and other peers.
Friendship helps protect the brain and body from stress, anxiety and depression. Being around trusted others, in essence, signals safety and security,
Research suggests that you only need between four and five close pals. Close friends should be someone you can talk to, someone you can depend upon and someone you can enjoy.
Most people consider loneliness a personal problem to be figured out by individuals.
However, a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health identified high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, disability, cognitive decline, and depression among the conditions affected by loneliness. What we have is a public health problem.
No emerging technology or drug exists on the horizon to cure loneliness.
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