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Mental Health Awareness Month: Negative Effects Of Loneliness

Loneliness can have a severe impact on your mental health, especially if it persists over an extended period. According to several studies, loneliness is linked to an increased risk of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep disorders, and stress.

What causes loneliness?

Loneliness has a variety of factors that vary from individual to person. We don’t always know what it is about a situation that makes us feel alone.

Certain life circumstances may make some people feel lonely, such as: experiencing a bereavement, going through a relationship break-up, retiring and losing the social contact you had at work, changing jobs and feeling isolated from your coworkers, starting university, and moving to a new area or country without family, friends, or community networks are all examples of situations where you might feel lonely.

READ MORE: Mental Health Awareness Month: “Back To Basics”

 For others, they feel lonely at specific times of the year, such as during the holidays.

Again, persons who live in certain situations or belong to certain groups are more prone to loneliness. For instance, if you have no family or friends, you are estranged from your relatives, you may find it difficult to maintain a social life if you are a single parent or care for someone else, when you belong to minority groups and live in a location where you are the only one of your kind, when you are unable to participate in social activities due to mobility issues or a lack of funds, because of a disability or long-term health problem, such as mental health concerns, face discrimination and stigma, prejudice and stigmatization as a result of your gender, color, or sexual orientation, and If you’ve been the victim of sexual or physical abuse, you could find it difficult to build close relationships with others.

Regardless of their social circumstances or how many friends they have, some people endure profound and permanent emotions of loneliness that come from within and do not go away.

There are a variety of reasons why people feel isolated. You may lack self-confidence or feel unable to appreciate yourself or be liked by others.

Thinking about what makes you feel lonely could help you come up with a solution.

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Loneliness can have a severe impact on your mental health, especially if it persists over an extended period. According to several studies, loneliness is linked to an increased risk of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep disorders, and stress.

What causes loneliness?

Loneliness has a variety of factors that vary from individual to person. We don’t always know what it is about a situation that makes us feel alone.

Certain life circumstances may make some people feel lonely, such as: experiencing a bereavement, going through a relationship break-up, retiring and losing the social contact you had at work, changing jobs and feeling isolated from your coworkers, starting university, and moving to a new area or country without family, friends, or community networks are all examples of situations where you might feel lonely.

READ MORE: Mental Health Awareness Month: “Back To Basics”

 For others, they feel lonely at specific times of the year, such as during the holidays.

Again, persons who live in certain situations or belong to certain groups are more prone to loneliness. For instance, if you have no family or friends, you are estranged from your relatives, you may find it difficult to maintain a social life if you are a single parent or care for someone else, when you belong to minority groups and live in a location where you are the only one of your kind, when you are unable to participate in social activities due to mobility issues or a lack of funds, because of a disability or long-term health problem, such as mental health concerns, face discrimination and stigma, prejudice and stigmatization as a result of your gender, color, or sexual orientation, and If you’ve been the victim of sexual or physical abuse, you could find it difficult to build close relationships with others.

Regardless of their social circumstances or how many friends they have, some people endure profound and permanent emotions of loneliness that come from within and do not go away.

There are a variety of reasons why people feel isolated. You may lack self-confidence or feel unable to appreciate yourself or be liked by others.

Thinking about what makes you feel lonely could help you come up with a solution.

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