Loneliness effects – the UK has recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness… well done, since the effects of loneliness on health are bad.
A minister for loneliness, following the project of the late MP Jo Cox, was appointed recently in the UK. Tracy Couch said she’s proud for taking on this generational challenge. There are 9 million people affected by loneliness in the UK, young and old. 500 thousand don’t interact with anybody for weeks! Effects of loneliness on health suggest that it can be deadlier than obesity and it’s harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! The potential harmful effects have an impact on longevity and a research reported that loneliness can raise levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and dementia.
But people can be socially isolated and not feel lonely; they simply prefer a more “private” life. Also, people can feel lonely being surrounded by lots of people. Especially when some relationships are not satisfying. I, for example, need lots of time alone. but I don’t feel lonely. I was not always that way. It started a few years ago. I enjoy a lot being with friends and I love talking to people when I travel, but still, I need time alone.
What to do if someone feels lonely? BBC has some tips, like getting a pet, joining gym and voluntary work, for example. What do you suggest? Do you like being alone?
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