Why loneliness is a major health risk
A new research has confirmed that loneliness increases the risk of premature death and it is a major health risk especially for the elderly.
Obesity can increase the risk of heart diseases but consequences to health due to loneliness are dramatic, as loneliness can:-
- Disrupt sleep, cause sleeping disorders,
- Elevate blood pressure,
- Alter gene expression in immune cells,
- Increase depression,
- Mental health disorders,
- Cardiovascular diseases,
- Reduce life expectancy(premature death),
- and lower overall subjective well-being.
http://dreamingoutloud.nl/mijn-2016/ 3 ways in which Social interaction will increase lifespan
http://hollywoodbjj.com/news/yelp-review-vlad-mamin/ #1. If older people are living alone but they remain socially engaged and enjoy the company of others then they are not living lonely in fact this will highly reduce the health risk associated with age.
click here #2. Spending too much time on Facebook and other social networking sites will worsen the problem as you feel more isolated than others. so, avoid using social media and always try to interact with others. Day-to-day interaction helps in reducing the risk of depression and has a great impact on mental and physical parameters.
#3. Social interaction also maintains their brain vitality, improve mental health and they are most likely to prevent dementia. Dementia in simple language is “decline in memory that can reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities”.
How to stay socially engaged as you get older
It is easy to say to elders to get socially engaged but in reality, it is very hard for them as youth generally avoid them and in turn, they need to find someone of their age to stay socially engaged. You can try the following things to get socially engaged:-
Morning and evening walk
Always try to go for a morning walk in a garden, while walking try to talk to people and give company to others. If you try this for a week then you end up making many good friends. An evening walk is as important as a morning walk. You can enjoy both sunrise and sunset. This is the most natural way of relieving stress. In fact, In the evening you will find much more activities around you than in morning but it is highly recommended for a morning walk if you have to choose between the two.
Join a laughter exercise group
It is an exercise that is interesting and it is a great way to socialize with others. Laughter relieves stress, boosts the immune system, increases infection-fighting antibodies, helps in maintaining healthy lungs and produces a general sense of well-being. It is an active hobby that suits your physical needs.
visit church, temple and other worship places
Interaction while worship is the unique way of getting engaged with others. Being older gives you the opportunity to lead and to take part in weekly worship services.
Visit local Library
If you like reading then this is the best way of interaction. it is like maintaining your health by doing what you like. Find someone who shares similar interest and can accompany you, then while reading you can start a discussion or talk about anything you like. This is simply a brain exercise and is highly beneficial for mental health.
Do what you love
If you love traveling then start today, if you love watching movies then go and watch a movie today, if you like a long ride then go on a long ride today, if you want to live a happy life then start enjoying your life today.
Start breaking the boundaries as getting old is the part of life not the end of life so enjoy this phase your life too.