In general, it is necessary that you stay alone once in a while. Mentally you can free yourself from many burdens and loneliness gives you the opportunity to focus on some relaxing activity.
However, getting used to loneliness affects your health.
It is very tasty to spend one day alone. You find yourself and rest without anyone interrupting you. You can free yourself from any commitment that alters your nerves. You can say that you feel a lot of peace and you have all the freedom to do what you want.
However, it is not good to live this way always. There are people who fear being left alone, while others fear to share with others. They say that no end is good and it is true.
Find the balance between spending time with other people and being alone. Keeping you away from the world can lead to a reaction of isolation and loneliness affects your health in the following ways:
Variation in weight
Anyone who has lived alone knows that, in the beginning, it is not easy at all. You do not know how to cook for one person and prepare more, so you end up eating the same thing twice.
If you are also an enemy of the kitchen, then it is most likely that you seek to eat on the street. People who live alone often stay busy.
Although they have the option of preparing the food they want, most prefer not to. To feed themselves they go to restaurants, pizzerias, eat hamburgers and other thousand things that have nothing healthy.
Also, it’s likely that you drink a lot of soda. They almost always look for fast food.
The University of Technology of Queensland (Australia) conducted a study with people living alone. The results showed that they are more likely to have unhealthy diets.
This is where you begin to notice that loneliness affects your health.
Having a partner to eat or go out with friends, buy and divide the cost of nutritious food is important. In addition, the study found that men are much more likely to have a poor diet than them.
Diseases for longer
Being alone for a long time or feeling unprotected is dangerous. If a cold lasts 3 days, you will realize that living alone will happen more than sick time.
The National Academy of Sciences of the United States conducted a study on loneliness.
The research found that perceived isolation (that is, feeling alone, even if you are not) could increase the risk of premature death by 14%.
Here it is important to take into account the feeling of being alone. That is, if you feel emotionally isolated, your health will be affected. If it is your case, analyze those who accompany you: Do they make you feel good or bad? Do you need a change of friends?
It’s not that people who live in solitude want to be superficial. However, loneliness will cause materialism and selfishness to grow a little. That will generate rejection by those around them.
What at first made you feel good ends up giving you bad moments.
The Journal of Consumer Research published a study that shows that lonely people are more likely to focus on material objects.
This gives them an instant happiness because their new complements will make them smile when they get them. Even when personal items like a pair of shoes new high heel or a flat-screen TV.
However, emotionally, all of these items work as a comfort that gives them temporary joy.
The problem is that people who live in excessive loneliness seek to attract positive attention but achieve the opposite. Over time they end up feeling worse and depression or negative emotions do not take long to appear.
Your intellectual capacity decreases
Even if you are very prepared, the lack of contact with other people can influence your intellect. Do not rely on your knowledge alone.
Discussing current or historical issues with someone else helps your brain. Compare different points of view and listen to opinions challenges and motivates you.
Do you like to keep distance with co-workers, your friends, family or your partner? This could have a higher risk of developing memory problems as you get older.
The company helps you stimulate the neurons of your brain.
The Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry published a study on more than 2000 people.
It was estimated that people who live alone are 70 to 80% more likely to develop dementia than those with companions in the home.
Those who felt alone, living with someone or not, were 2.5 times more likely to develop cognitive problems.
Loneliness affects your health, do not let it win!
In the end, it seems that the company is not only necessary for us to live pleasant moments. It also allows us to have better health.
Of course, do not forget that surrounding yourself with people who do not contribute generates the same problem as being alone.
Laugh, play, talk, and debate with anyone. Do not just close yourself or your partner. Expand your possibilities as much as you can.
You will see that you not only have fun, you also learn and achieve good health.