Loneliness Impacts Emotional, Relational and Physical Health
An excellent piece found on PsychCentral.com highlights the pervasive problems associated with loneliness. The issue of feeling separated from others is rampant in life and often reflected in my therapy practice. We all have felt loneliness at one time or another so we have a general sense of what that experience is like. But if it’s an ongoing theme for you, I hope this article encourages you to not only reach out and find ways to connect but understand the core issues around your isolation; how you view yourself and others.
Feeling a connection to others is a critical component of a person’s mental and physical health.
New studies show that a sense of rejection or isolation disrupts not only will power and perseverance, but also key cellular processes deep within the human body. Chronic loneliness belongs among health risk factors such as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise. Feeling connected to others is vital to a person’s mental well-being, as well as physical health, research at the University of Chicago shows.
The studies, reported in a new book, Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, show that a sense of rejection or isolation disrupts not only abilities, will power and perseverance,