Social Isolation — the absence of social relationship — is typically considered unhealthy when people spend excessive time alone, particularly when they no longer benefit from time spent alone. Socially isolating oneself can mean staying home for days, not talking with friends or acquaintances, and generally avoiding contact with other people. Any form of contact, however limited, is likely to remain superficial and brief, while more meaningful, extended relationships are missing.
Social isolation may be indicated when a person’s avoidance of social interaction:
- Persists for an extended period of time
- Is a result of depression, shame, or low self-worth
- Is associated with abandonment fears or social anxiety
- Proves detrimental to important social or professional relationships
Social isolation, in turn, can exacerbate a person’s feelings of low self-worth, shame, loneliness, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Social withdrawal is avoiding people and activities you would usually enjoy; for some people, this can progress to a point of social isolation, where you may even want to avoid contact with family and close friends and just be by yourself most of the time. You may want to be alone because you feel it’s tiring or upsetting to be with other people. Sometimes a vicious cycle can develop where the more time you spend alone, the less you feel like people understand you, and the less you feel like people understand you, the more time you want to spend alone.
Social isolation can lead to very serious mental and physical health risks.
Effects of social isolation might include:
- insomnia and tiredness
- increased chance of developing anxiety, depression and other associated mental illnesses
- elevated blood pressure
- increased chance of developing dementia
- negative feelings, including self-denial, guilt and self-loathing
- thoughts about suicide
- increased risk of substance misuse
- physical health implications, including worsening illness, weight loss or gain.
Can it be turned round? Yes a big resounding YES!
Things to do that make all the difference:
8 Steps To reduce or avoid feeling socially isolated
- Engage in having a healthy diet
- Do regular exercising
- Create and maintain meaningful relationships
- join in social activities that will cause you to meet new people
- learn something new
- find a hobby
- become an active member of your neighbourhood through volunteering or participating in local community programs or groups.
- Consider using Hypnotherapy as a way to boost self-confidence, change negative to positive cognitions, reduce stress and anxiety!
Empower your mind to bring about positive changes. Hypnotherapy can help you change your mindset into a positive way of thinking and bring about long lasting benefits, not just to help combat loneliness.
My name is Derek Fraser Crosson and I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist in Stratford-On-Avon, Warwickshire. I specialise in empowering people to change their life and live their dreams! I am contactable on 07534 930265.