Loneliness Is a State of Mind
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.
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It does require a conscious effort on your part to make a change.
Making a change, in the long run, can make you happier, healthier, and enable you to impact others around you in a positive way.
Experts believe that it is not the quantity of social interaction that combats loneliness, but it's the quality.
Having just three or four close friends is enough to ward off loneliness and reduce the negative health consequences associated with this state of mind.
Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health, including:
Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically.
For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at school has different needs than a lonely older adult whose spouse has recently died.
We crave intimacy. And yet, long before the present pandemic, with its forced isolation and social distancing, humans had begun building their own separate cells.
Before modern times, very few human beings lived alone.
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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