Signs of Loneliness: how to recognize and help?

Signs of Loneliness: how to recognize and help?

The best way to notice and fight loneliness is to interact with people around you. When you don’t have contact with those around you, you can’t really find out who’s feeling down and depressed. Loneliness is a point of view when an individual feels disconnected and isolated from the world around him. It’s a state of mind but more precisely a feeling of being alone even in scenarios when surrounded with people whether it’s in a work environment or any other place. Here are a couple of ways to recognize and help.

Restless Nights

Among other symptoms that may or may not indicate whether a person is depressed or lonely, is lack of quality sleep or the inability to stay asleep. People that don’t have a quality sleep are frequently tagged as depressive or lonely. So if you notice that those dear to you, members of family or friends lack quality sleep you should investigate and learn what makes sleeping impossible for them. Sometimes it’s a mundane problem like exhaustion, or work related stress that keeps them awake at night, but even in those situations you should look for signs of depression and loneliness. The best way to help them is talk about things that bother them, or thing that they think are causing the problem.

Unclear Train of Thought

Brain fog or unclear train of thought in general is also linked to depression and feeling of loneliness. It’s normal to have unclarity to some extent in processing information and emotion, but if that type of behaviour is obvious it’s probably a good sign that someone is having a really hard time overcoming a problem, trauma or anything of the sort. The best way to cope with that is again to talk to someone about it and try to resolve it on your own, or seek professional help. If you have someone that you think feels disconnected and lonely, you can always try to help by offering them your point of view and show them that there is a variety of ways to perceive things around us. It’s all about what you think and how you process your emotions. By being the example and showing a way to think on the same level, you’ll contribute to fighting and identifying loneliness in those around you.

Getting Sick More Often

Science confirms that those with feelings of loneliness have more chances to catch an illness as their immune system isn’t as efficient enough at repelling bacteria. Although sickness is a physical thing it is connected to mental health and mental hygiene. The way we think, and the way our brain is wired contributes to maintaining or worsening our health. So being that individuals that feel lonely are more often to get sick, we should all pay attention to those symptoms. A way to think about it is that their immune system isn’t getting the support to function properly, but is rather sabotaged by a bad train of thought, unprocessed emotions, etc.

Loss of Appetite

Another clear simptom that point out loneliness is lack of appetite. Thoughts of isolation and disconnection from the world around us do not help with appetite. People that are depressed often have problems with their diet and can’t decide what to eat in general. Instead of fighting it, they feel more inclined to give into that feeling and skip meals, that eventually leads to lack of proteins, vitamins and healthy food in general in their diet. Being that it’s a clear simptom, the best you can do is notice and try to help. There are ways to overcome it, and one of them is modern medicine. There are pills that help with appetite problems and they shouldn’t be regarded as something to feel ashamed for using.

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