Loneliness is a feeling of disconnection and we can feel lonely even when in the company of other people.
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, founder of green gate leadership is here with ways we can fight the loneliness epidemic.
Feeling lonely causes our cortisol (the “stress hormone”) to soar-as much as some of the most upsetting things that can happen to us.
Feeling lonely is as stressful as being punched by a stranger.
Isolated people get sicker.
Isolated people have lessened survival periods when living with cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.
Loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
To end loneliness we need to feel like we’re sharing – giving and receiving-with at least one other person.
We need to feel that we’re “in it together” with at least one other person.
Internet addiction is sometimes the attempted solution to the anxiety and depression associated with loneliness.
Social media is not the solution-it tends to increase feelings of loneliness.
Steps toward solutions:
Limit time online.
Increase time in face-to-face interaction with friends & family.
Work on community projects.