As we near the holidays, feelings of loneliness may be more pronounced, especially after the U.S. Surgeon General declared an epidemic of loneliness earlier this year.
Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, one in two American adults has experienced loneliness in recent years. Studies have found that there is a high prevalence of loneliness and isolation among people with poor mental health as well as younger and older populations.
Though loneliness and isolation are widespread, there is a way in which we can reduce the consequences they have on our collective health and well-being: social connection.
Connecting with our loved ones and communities allows us to lean into forming healthy relationships while decreasing the risk of anxiety and depression. Additionally, when we are more socially connected, we can improve our stress responses and minimize adverse health outcomes.
Some things can be done to combat the effects of loneliness:
- Initiate conversations with friends, family, and co-workers.
- Use your time on social media to connect and interact with people.
- Take time by reading, listening, exercising, or learning a new skill.
- Speak with an expert about how you feel.
Anyone experiencing loneliness and needing immediate emotional support can call the 988 helpline anytime for free, confidential help.
Rosecrance works with people of all ages to provide the services they need to rebuild relationships and lessen the effects of anxiety and depression that can cause loneliness. To speak with an expert, please get in touch with the Rosecrance Access team at 888.928.5278.