Causes and Effects of loneliness
Reviewed by our psychologist : Mirte Verkuijlen
Loneliness has serious consequences. If you experience feelings of loneliness for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to both mental and physical health issues. You’ll start to feel like you’re withdrawing from regular society. It’s important to act quickly in order to avoid any unnecessary long-term problems.
In this article
- What causes loneliness?
- What are the effects of loneliness?
What Causes Loneliness?
The most common causes of loneliness are:
Relationship changes are a common cause of loneliness. For example, you might be dealing with a divorce or a toxic relationship. This makes you feel alone, even if you’re seeing the person every day.
Personal circumstances can cause you to feel lonely. Maybe you don’t have enough money to engage in social activities, or you’ve just moved to a new place where you don’t know anybody yet.
- Personal problems
You’re finding it difficult to get on with other people, even the people you see all the time. This will cause you to feel lonely because you’re not forming proper connections.
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What Are the Effects of Loneliness?
Loneliness has a big impact on your daily life. The things it most commonly effects are:
- Social interactions
You’ll feel lonely if you aren’t interacting with enough people. This will cause you to withdraw, participate less and, therefore, feel lonelier for longer. Try to establish new connections by starting small. Grab a coffee with a good friend or call them up for a chat.
- Quality of life
It’s really hard to be happy when you’re lonely. You’ll feel empty and a range of other negative emotions, which affect your quality of life. You’re a social creature who needs to be around other people. The only way to improve your quality of life is to try and find a solution to your loneliness.
Loneliness affects your health. It has a negative impact on your immune system and increases your risk of things like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and depression. Try to make sure you’re getting enough exercise, eating healthily and not consuming too much alcohol or other addictive substances.
Are you still struggling with feelings of loneliness? You may want to chat with your physician or a psychologist. Our psychologists can help you find better ways to tackle your loneliness. We’ll listen to your concerns and teach you some new coping strategies.
Have you got any questions about loneliness and how best to manage it? Give us a call on +3120 214 3928 and we’d be happy to discuss it with you personally.