Updated: Aug 28
Get ready to take some important steps towards strong mental and emotional health.
I want to give you some explanations and actionable advice on how to handle loneliness, depression, and fear.
This series will supply topics, that matter to you and those that you love on your journey forward. Yes, you must be emotionally healthy and strong.
What is loneliness? Why is it so pervasive?
Loneliness is a subjective or particular feeling you have. It feels like people are not with you, that people don't understand you, that you don't feel connected, that you are alone. Loneliness feels frightening, almost like abandonment. Loneliness is different from social isolation.
Loneliness is now being called a public health epidemic. It's doesn't just affect individuals, but our whole society. These subjective feelings of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Loneliness affects your health. Increases your risk for a heart attack.
Increases blood pressure and obesity. Increases depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline. Loneliness increases the risk of dementia and death. Loneliness increases your risk of death by 30%!!! 60% of people in the USA are lonely.
This subjective feeling of loneliness has to be a strong wake up call for you. The UK appointed a loneliness minister for this reason. In MOST cities there's a hotline you can call to speak to someone because feeling lonely makes you feel suicidal.
We live in a world more VIRTUALLY connected than ever, yet we are more lonely than we have ever been. I will explain more about how to address loneliness next time.
"Impact Personal Achievement Consulting" is here to help you overcome the dreadful feelings of loneliness.