Loneliness and Mental Health

Loneliness can affect anyone and may be caused by things such as social isolation, retirement, loss of a loved one, or moving to a new place. It can catch you at any point in your life and is quite a common feeling. Prolonged loneliness can have a significant negative impact on mental health and can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues so its important to be able to recognise it so you can do something about it.

What can you do to reduce loneliness

There are many things you can do to alleviate loneliness. One of the most effective ways to alleviate loneliness and improve mental health is to talk to someone about it. This can be a friend, family member, or a mental health professional.

Other things you can do is do do activities you enjoy, for example, reading a book, listening to music, or taking up a new hobby. Spending time outdoors in green spaces, exercising, and listening to podcasts and radio shows to boost your mood and occupy your mind. Volunteering in your local community such as litter picking or working with a local charity is a really powerful way to do something meaningful and connect with people. Or why not join a club or take a class to learn a new skill that focuses on something you enjoy; yoga, cookery, art, the list is endless. Charities, clubs and classes can provide great a opportunity to meet new people and make new friends and talk about the things going on in your life.

It’s important to remember that its not unusual to feel lonely at some point and that there is no shame in seeking help or connecting with people to tackle it.. If you’re struggling with loneliness, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone for help. There are several resources and support available to help you through this difficult time.

You can get more information on loneliness here or you can speak to your GP.

For Further Support:

Darlington Mind offers a range of group activities where you can socialise, be creative or learn new skills such as Emotional Resilience classes, art, gardening, creative writing, walking or social drop-in sessions all of which are design to provide positive distraction, focus and chance to meet like minded people and make friends, please contact us via the following options: Email: contactus@darlingtonmind.com or Tel: 01325 283169 Mobile: 07572 888084 – see our services and support

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