Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Mood: Loneliness

Loneliness sucks. It is different for everyone but I wager everyone has felt it, even just slightly, at some point in their lives. Let's talk about it today for Monday Mood.

Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling of emptiness resulting from poor to no social relationships. Ever been the new kid at school? Remember your first day on a new job? Did you go through a breakup or divorce? There are so many situations that can cause someone to feel lonely if only for a short amount of time.

Severe cases of loneliness are more frequent in high population cities. Think about it. Everyone is in this big rat race, rushing from one place to the next rarely bothering to really interact with others. At the end of the day, one can feel alone even while surrounded by millions. Even online, people can find themselves alone in a sea of pixels.
Those that experience real chronic loneliness are at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression, and suicide. They are more prone to drug and/or alcohol abuse. It affects sleep patterns, blood pressure, and memory.
Treatment for loneliness can be as simple as finding one good friend to confide in regularly. Chronic loneliness can be treated with various therapies, medication, exercise, and communal living. I especially like the idea of pet therapy and spent many years researching it for various reasons. I don't suggest getting a Labrador if you have never had a pet before though. Maybe start with fish. Work your way up, or go volunteer at your local animal shelter.
If you feel like you are experiencing chronic loneliness, please seek medical attention before it leads to anything worse. Your local suicide prevention hotline can help you find resources in your area or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Their website is here.

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS

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