Loneliness: The Mental Epidemic and How to Combat It

More senior citizens are living alone in isolated situations, leading to feelings of loneliness. Experts believe that being alone too much is not good for an individual’s mental health, but there are ways to overcome loneliness.

1: Involvement In Community Activities

After you become an empty nester, you have more time to participate in community activities such as political elections or charity events. Getting involved in these activities can give you a chance to get out of your house and socialize with others.

2: Have a Pet

If you have a pet, then you cannot remain isolated for long periods of time because a dog needs a walk, and you might want to take a cat to a veterinarian. Senior citizens who have pets tend to get out of their houses more often in order to buy supplies or to take a puppy to an obedience class.

3: Begin to Date Again

When you have lost a spouse after many years of marriage, you might stay at home rather than socializing. However, it is okay to begin dating again in order to find a new relationship.

4: Have Hobbies Than Involve Socializing

You should have hobbies that keep you busy in your spare time, but don’t isolate yourself while sewing a quilt or painting a canvas. Look for clubs that focus on your favorite hobby to socialize with other people, and attend meetings to learn more about growing vegetables in a garden or working on genealogy research.

5: Enroll In a Class At a College

Some colleges offer inexpensive classes for senior citizens. Going back to school is an excellent opportunity to meet new people in a positive environment.

6: Participate in Sports

Rather than watching television all day, you can get involved in sport activities such as bowling, golfing or tennis. Participating in sports will keep you physically fit, and you will combat loneliness by being on a team with other players.