834 Recognizing and Understanding- Loneliness and Isolation (Online)
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Loneliness is seen by many as one of the largest health concerns we face. Affecting people's mental and physical health. It does not matter your age, gender or social situation– Loneliness can have a devastating impact on anyone.
Do you think you could spot if a staff member, colleague, client or even a friend or family member were suffering from loneliness? And more importantly would you know how to approach and help them?
Recognising and understanding loneliness is an important first step in being able to do something positive about it.
Do you recognise any of the following points in yourself or someone you know or work with?
*The inability to connect with others on a deeper, more intimate level. Maybe they have friends and family in their life, but engagement with them is at a very surface level. Their interaction doesn’t feel connected in a way that is fulfilling and this disconnection seems never ending.
*No close or "best" friends. They have friends, but they are casual friends or acquaintances and they feel they can find no one who truly "gets" them.
*Overwhelming feeling of isolation regardless of where they are and who’s around. They can be at a party surrounded by dozens of people and, yet, they feel isolated, separate, and disengaged. At work, they may feel alienated and alone. Same on a bus, train, or walking down a busy street. It’s as if they are in their own unbreakable bubble.
* Negative feelings of self-doubt and self-worth. Does it feel like they are always less than enough? These feelings--long-term--are another possible symptom of chronic loneliness.
* When they try to connect or reach out, it’s not reciprocated, and they are not seen or heard.
*Exhaustion and burnout when trying to engage socially. If they are dealing with chronic loneliness, trying to engage and be social with others can leave them feeling exhausted
*Continued feelings of being drained can lead to other issues like sleep problems, a weakened immune system, poor diet, and more.