Friendships Increase Lifespans - Let’s Beat Social Isolation: Weekly Inspiration

November 21, 2017

Social isolation may not only affect your social and work life negatively but can also shorten your lifespan, research reveals.

 

There is no surprise that depression worsens when people sit through weekly shifts pretending to be completly fine and then going home to their loved ones and keep stum. Or worse, have no one to go home and talk to.

 

­­­Accourding to studies from the Brigham Young University, "loneliness can be associated with countless matters including depression, cognitive decline, declines in mobility and daily function“.

 

Many may not want to talk to their friends and family about what bothers them to avoid them the burden.

 

"In Britain, about 6,300 people take their own lives each year, 90% of whom are likely to have mental health problems", the Guardian states.

 

The American Psychological Association Annual Convention in August revealed that

loneliness, social isolation, and living alone are greater risk factors than obesity for premature death.

 

But others don’t have anyone to express their concerns to and live in social isolation.

 

Death from suicide increased slightly from 6,122 in 2014 to 6,188 in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

 

With the Christmas weather to be the coldest in years, ensure you wrap up warm and have someone to spend time with, even if it’s not family.

 

Male suicide rates are now three times higher than those of women, accourding to Government Statistics.

 

We’re not going to use this fact as an act of female empowerment even if we do cope better with stress, we should all be looking out for eachother, regardless of gender.

 

If figures decrease drastically, it’s still thousands of people that decide to take their own lives year on year, with a peak after the festive season.

 

With the darker and colder weather, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may in turn, also worsen.

 

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather has warned Britain to expect the coldest weather since the big freeze in 2010/11, with snow fall and sub-zero temperatures.

 

The Harvard Women's Health Watch advises to, "make social connections a priority. You know you need to schedule time for exercise, but you should also schedule time for friends".

 

People with SAD, also known as the 'winter blues', tend to socially isolate themselves even more. Symptoms can be mild, ranging from over eating to joint pain, extreme tiredness and even depression.

 

SAD is something that has only recently been acknowledged by medical professions as a genuine condition, indicating that many of us don't know we suffer from it.

 

Britain has a lack of sunshine as it is, and winter is the start of months of dull, grey days, endless nights, fatigue and depression for many.

 

According to the NHS one of the top five reasons of suicide are through mental health conditions alongside, being linked to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness,.

 

This indicated that being there for someone else, whether it is by mental or physical support, is hugely beneficial.

 

Support may help one more than we realise as we’re not always open and honest about our volunerabilities and feelings.

 

So many business and organisations including Twilight Visuals ensure that the mental health and wellbeing comes first and care about their employees.

 

Hannah and I especially value our healthy friendship and put business aside to ensure we're alright. 

 

Besides all of the above is a huge indicator that friendships increase lifespans, so let's beat social isolation together!

 

If you – or anyone else you know are suffering from mental health issues, there are many organisations that may be able to help. 

 

Makes someones day by telling them you care.

 

 

 

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