Remaining single throughout adulthood can be a traumatic and heartbreaking experience. While some of us will have a family and friends that can serve as our support network, this is no substitute for a healthy and romantic partnership. There are going to be moments where your friends and family members cannot be by your side. Meanwhile, there are those who actively choose to live the single life.
Loneliness may seem like a problem that people simply have to learn to overcome on their own but in reality? It could cause serious health problems if it is not addressed. According to a recent study that was published in the New York Post, being single can actually cause more severe health problems than obesity will. Loneliness increases our risk of death dramatically.
The risk factors increase by 50 percent for lonely individuals. On the other hand, the risk factors increase by 30 percent for those who are obese. Retaining a strong connection to the rest of the world is something that we do not always view as a medical necessity and this is a mentality that we need to change. Otherwise, our very survival could end up being at stake.
Sadly, a larger portion of the United States now struggles with isolation on a regular basis. More research will need to take place in order to find out just how accurate these claims are but the early findings are disconcerting. The United Kingdom is also experiencing a rash of widespread loneliness and is considered to be the capital of Europe in this regard.
More and more Canadians are also electing to live alone and this is causing similar issues. Those who remain in social isolation tend to have disrupted sleep patterns and their cognitive decline takes place at an accelerated rate. Loneliness has even been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. These issues are turning into a global epidemic and it is time that we started to take them more seriously.
We need to start reaching out to the people in our lives who are experiencing loneliness so that they know that they are not all by themselves in this world. All it takes is one simple phone call or text message to let your loved ones know what they mean to you. Let’s all come together and do our part to make sure that loneliness does not continue to spread throughout the world.