Lonely people eat and drink more, and exercise and sleep less. They are at higher risk of developing psychological problems such as alcoholism, depression, and psychosis, and physical problems such as infection, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
The Sunday scaries are a form of “anticipatory anxiety,” that's why concerns might creep in as you consider the upcoming week. Worrying about future events is human nature. But prolonged anxiety can lead to chronic stress, which increases your risk of health problems, including depression, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep issues, and more.
How to conquer the Sunday scaries (and feel good on Monday)
Decades of studies show that just 30 minutes of moderate to intense daily physical activity lowers your risk for physiological diseases (like heart disease and cancer), as well as psychological ones (like anxiety and Alzheimer’s). Exercise has also a potent anti-aging effect.
People who are less lonely are more likely to have regular, meaningful, in-person interactions. They are in good overall physical and mental health, have achieved balance in daily activities, and have good relationships with their coworkers. Regular sleep, good quality family time and the right amount of exercise lowered loneliness scores.
People who have high self-control aren’t missing out on enjoyment. Not being able to resist temptation and enjoying life are not the same things. They tend to eat in a healthily way, exercise more, sleep better, drink less alcohol, smoke fewer cigarettes, achieve higher grades at university, have more peaceful relationships, and are more financially secure.
The Complete Guide to Self-Control | Scott H Young