Everyone needs loneliness sometimes, but if it persists, it is already a threat to mental health. Social relationships, conversation are just as basic a need as human beings, like eating or sleeping. If our social need is not met, we can fall apart mentally and physically.
If loneliness is prolonged, it can even lead to anxiety and depression, which in turn produces physical symptoms. Loneliness increases stress hormone levels and blood pressure in the body. It impairs the quality of sleep so the brain cannot rest enough. It is especially common in the elderly that memory impairment and dementia develop in addition to prolonged loneliness. However, younger people may also experience impaired concentration, mood swings and depression.
To avoid these, you must first recognize that you are lonely and that it cannot go on like this. You need to be open to others, take the courage to take action - what can you lose? If you don’t have the opportunity to do this in person, use the internet!
Keeping in touch has never been easier than it is now, in the 21st century. We live in an era of social media and online communication, yet there are plenty of lonely people. This is possible because it is not the quantity of communication but the quality that really matters. If you are tired of superficial chats and want an honest conversation, download Daily Therapy!
Daily Therapy is an app where you can finally chat with people like you who are struggling with privacy. The free app is also available for Android and iOS.