There is a misconception out there that if you’re married, have a partner, etc. that you can’t suffer from loneliness. The truth is – we can all feel lonely at times regardless of our ‘marital status’.
In Natasha Frost’s article ‘Lonely People May be Making Themselves Lonelier’, she reports a lonely person can spiral into continued loneliness for years to come.
Even mild loneliness, according to Frost, can have severe health effects. She reports these ill effects have “…been shown to be almost as harmful to health as heart disease and smoking, and at least as likely to cause early death as obesity.”
If you’re feeling lonely, don’t be afraid to reach out to other people. Friends, family, co-workers, various social groups, hobby/special interest groups, and/or volunteering opportunities are great ways to connect with others. This will help combat loneliness.
Or if you want more insight on your loneliness, please feel free to reach out to one of our therapists for a free 15 minute consultation. We’re here to help.
*If you find you are in need of urgent support, in a crisis, or in need to talk to someone immediately, please contact the Community Resources Team (CRT) at 403.299.9699, the Distress Centre at 403.266.HELP (4357), or go to your nearest emergency room department.
‘Lonely People May be Making Themselves Lonelier’
By Natasha Frost