Reasons for Loneliness

 

😦 Reasons People Experience Loneliness 😦

Life Changes Loneliness often occurs in the midst of major life changes such as loss of loved ones, moving to a new city, or not being able to work because of an illness or disability.These types of major life changes often encourage people to meet others.

Getting Older – As people age, they experience death of friends and family, and often feel as if they have fewer people who share their life experiences.

Inadequate Social Skills – When people are unable to communicate with others, because they have weak social skills, they are at risk for loneliness. A lack of adequate social skills can make it difficult for people to develop and maintain relationships with others.

Personality Characteristics – People often are shy or lack the power of self-esteem to make friends easily, and therefore receive fewer responses and less supper from other people.

Situational – People often experience loneliness when they are surrounded by people who have different ideas, values and interests. Therefore, when people do not have friends, family members, and acquaintances with whom to share experiences, they perceive themselves to be different, and feel lonely.

😦 Symptoms of Lonely Feelings 😦

Loneliness is an extreme emotional state in which people experience powerful feelings of isolation from others, it is accompanied by a variety of thoughts, behaviours and feelings.

  • Crying a lot of the time
  • Feeling alienated from other people
  • Feeling you are not accepted
  • Feeling cut off or disconnected
  • Feeling damaged or unloved
  • Feeling as if you are not as worthwhile
  • Feeling as if you are alone, even though you are surrounded with/by others
  • Feeling as if you do not have the same interests and values as those around you
  • Feeling “hollow” inside
  • Feeling empty
  • Feeling lost with no direction
  • Feeling physical “broken heart”
  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling as if you are not loved
  • Feeling as if you cannot make friends or build stronger relationships with acquaintances
  • Feeling as if you have nobody with whom to share personal concerns and experiences

😦 Negative Effects of Chronic Loneliness on Mental and Physical Health 😦

Mental Health

  • Loneliness has a big impact on one’s mental health.
  • Increase your risks of clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

Physical Health

Chronic loneliness is associated with:

  • Greater risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Suppresses the functioning of your immune system.
  • Disrupted sleep patterns.
  • Addiction.
  • Various forms of anti-social behaviour.
  • Shorter life expectancy.

 

Next Posts will be: How loneliness entraps us. What can we do? 🙂

Resource: Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
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