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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.
Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health, including:
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 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.
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.