We’ve all had our struggles with feelings of isolation during the last two years of a global pandemic during which many of us stayed home. But this is an ongoing, daily challenge for many of the seniors in our communities. It can be underreported as well as linked to serious health and mental health issues.

Identifying feelings of isolation

Feeling isolated can lead to feelings of loneliness and ongoing feelings of loneliness can lead to some serious physical and mental health issues. Read this article to better understand the link between isolation, loneliness and your health.

We all need alone time, but how can we identify if it’s actually turning into feelings of chronic isolation or loneliness? Here are some things to look for:

  • No (or not in contact with) close friends
  • Feeling disconnected from life, no matter where you are
  • Fatigue and exhaustion when interacting socially with others
  • Not feeling “connected” to the people in your daily life

How to combat isolation

Speak with your doctor about your concerns. They will be able to help make suggestions as to how to manage how you’re feeling (or point you in the direction of someone you can speak with).

Get moving. Getting some exercise and even some sunlight will make all the difference in your brain. Getting a hit of endorphins and serotonin will help boost mood and overall “feeling”.
Find a support group. Sometimes what doesn’t come naturally has to be “built”. Sometimes, feelings of isolation can come after a divorce or the loss of a partner. Support groups can be especially helpful in times of loneliness.

Wrap Up

If you’re feeling a bit lost after the last few years of being homebound, reach out. Reach out to friends, reconnect with family members and church “family”. Bare minimum, speak with your doctor regarding feeling lonely. There are options and support systems in place to help.

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