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Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health

No one likes to be lonely. Now, not only is it not fun, it's also really bad for you, healthwise.

It is being reported that loneliness may accelerate the rate of physical decline that occurs naturally with age. Later in life, lonely people appear to have significantly higher blood pressure than the non-lonely. What's more? Being lonely may also affect the quality of your sleep. Jeez, talk about a big bummer.

I don't know about you, but I'm certainly not looking to speed up the aging process anytime soon so let's get out and start moving to combat aging and loneliness. Socialize. Go to the gym. Join a group exercise class or mommy stroller group. And if helping yourself doesn't work, then help somebody else -- Volunteer. Instead of trying to fill your own needs, you may even find that your needs are met by meeting somebody else's needs. There are lots of ways you can be active all while helping out somebody else, so check out all my "ACT"ivism ideas here.


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Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
As an introvert, I would like to note that being alone and loneliness are not mutually inclusive. I for one enjoy my alone time.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
I agree with fitsugar Emily, voluenteer and help others, that will make you feel better. I help out at my church and with students, seeing others develop positively helps your growth and loneliness! And wikipedia, about that anzxiety. What is the source? Is it specifically your friends or something else getting you down? Maybe talking to them one on one will help. And it makes perfect sense that loneliness is bad for your health. i have a friend now I am trying to help and her depression is simply draining her....
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
I'm lonely to and it sucks. I've lost all of my freinds and can't make any more, and my old freinds still care about me, but because of my anxiety I'm afraid of them. I run away when they come near me and my stomach drops when they call. Its insane, because these are people I used to be so comfortable around and now I'm afraid they're judging me. I bet they feel like I've abandoned them...
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
Hi Emiily, hoping TeamSugar can be a place for you to meet new friends and have fun! Sending you a hug! :hug:
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Emiily -- Keep your chin up. We all go through rough patches but we eventually pull out of them. Me, when I'm feeling especially down, I go for a long run. Try and find that thing for yourself that lifts you up. Maybe you should consider helping out someone else too, like I said, ironically when you're feeling down "...instead of trying to fill your own needs, you may even find that your needs are met by meeting somebody else's needs." Also, If you do have an eating disorder, please talk to a professional about it -- They are best equipped to help you out with such issues.
Emiily Emiily 9 years
I'm lonely. I feel like crap. I know it's bad for my health. I'm depressed. I have an eating disorder. I constantly binge and purge and get caught up in my stupid lonely thoughts. I've developed social anxiety because I've been alone for so long. I'm 19, I left school (to homeschool) at 16. It's been just me ever since. I have a boyfriend now, it's serious. So I have atleast one person in my life. But when I'm not with him I'm alone. I'm trying to get a job. I know I'll be less lonely and better health wise if I am working, going to school, and maybe even if I am living with my boyfriend.
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