In the year 2019, almost 40% of Americans were reported suffering from loneliness and with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the numbers went high. The whole world is suffering from isolation and quarantine situation and the graph of loneliness is reaching skies.
People are suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression due to isolation and learning new ways of overcoming loneliness. If you know the symptoms and facts about loneliness, you can figure out ways to overcome it. This article is all about the devastating psychological conditions that you may experience while being lonely.
Count of Friends or Relatives Doesn’t Matter
People feel that if they have a higher number of friends and relatives, they won’t be lonely, but this is a myth! A number of friends, relatives or family members doesn’t matter if you don’t have that bonding or harmony in your relationship. Your quality of relationship should be strong and the trust factor plays a big role in this.
Loneliness with Working Parents
A survey reports that 50% of lonely kids have working parents and most of the times they are away from busy with their work. Working parents tend to procrastinate their responsibilities on each other that results in nobody meeting their responsibilities.
Likewise, 25% of the parents have also reported being lonely all the times as their kids moved away to find new means of life. Research also shows that 50% of the disabled people are also reported suffering from loneliness.
Loneliness in Women
A survey by ONS reported that women feel lonelier than man. In the given choice of options ‘Often’ / ‘Always’ / and ‘Never’, women are more likely to choose ‘Often’ and the percentage goes higher when compared with older women.
Loneliness with Older People
Around 4 million older people rely on television to fight loneliness and consider it their best company. People with age over 75 years, mostly live alone and are lonelier than youngsters. More than half a million people spend 5-6 days without speaking to a human during their old days. The ratio of lonely older people is growing rapidly as they are left alone to survive on their own while their kids or grandkids spend lavish time with their new-age friends.
Loneliness and Health Risk
A survey claims that people suffering from loneliness are 26% prone to death than people who are continuously in connection with others. Loneliness is worse than obesity. A poor social connection is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of heart disease in elderly people. Loneliness increases the risk of High Blood Pressure, Cognitive Decline, and Dementia in youngsters. People often suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression due to loneliness.
Loneliness and Relationship
We may believe that single people are lonelier than married ones however the matter of fact is, more than 60% of married people suffer loneliness. People in a relationship also fail to share their deepest feelings, thoughts, experiences and secrets with their partner. Being together, they can’t build the trust and level of support in their partner resulting failed relationship and loneliness.
Loneliness and Effects
The feeling of loneliness is strongly contagious in a social network. The stigma of loneliness haunt you day and night and you feel colder. Researchers claim that these people feel colder than others in the same room. The response of the body makes you feel under attack. Loneliness makes your immune system weaker and your body can’t respond to illness with a stronger intent.
How to Deal with Loneliness
Only your efforts can make the change and help you fight the feeling of loneliness. Dwelling positivity within self can help you stay healthier, happier and bring in the change to put a positive impact on others.
- Involve yourself in community services and other activities that you relish. This will give you ample opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and strengthen your social interaction.
- Instead of quantity, focus on developing quality relationship within your circle. You can choose the right people who think alike and can exchange thoughts/secrets.
- If you are looking for someone to wipe your tears, share a shoulder to someone in need. These people will never let you down and will always be trustworthy towards your relationship.
- Volunteer yourself for services and help people. Give smile to people and it will come back to you. When you feel happier, you attain mental and physical benefits.
- Seek help from a therapist if needed and he will turn out to be your best friend in need. A therapist will also be able to guide you through with your tough times and suggest you the best cure.
People with humour or with a smiling face are never alone and they are more likely to have similar friends. The feeling of loneliness can haunt you down till death if you do not try and find the right cure. It is not a disorder and can easily be taken care off by proactively offering your involvement in community services. Stay strong and bring in the change within!