Old age brings with itself wisdom, memories, grandchildren and a sense of accomplishment. But it also brings with itself loneliness and social isolation. Your children have moved out and acquaintances have left town. What makes it even harder is when older people who were close to you have passed away.
But don’t let solitude get the best of you. With the right approach, you can change your life for the better. Spice up your life by taking up some positive initiatives. Here are some strategies to ward off loneliness and social isolation:
Get a hobby
Get a hobby. They drive and inspire you. They are challenging and allow you to improve your talents. Moreover, they relieve stress, prevent you from wasting time or getting into a bad habit. Hobbies inspire creativity which in turn makes you happier. Here are some hobbies that can make you happy:
- Learning a musical instrument
To travel is to live
Explore, travel, discover–It is a big world out there. One of the best ways to deal with loneliness is to get out into the world. Even going to the grocery store, parks or malls can help you feel connected. Moreover, travelling to another city or country you’ve never visited before is a game-changer. If you are looking for a solution for your loneliness and depression, then exploring is the cure. But remember to keep your health into consideration while travelling to far off places.
Don’t fret, adopt a pet
Whoever said you can’t buy happiness, forgot about pets. In the company of a pet, one can never feel lonely. A fuzzy friend will not only brighten your home and give you company, but it will impart amazing health benefits as well. Studies have suggested that having a cat, a bird, or a dog decreases stress, lowers cholesterol, prevents strokes and helps to keep blood sugar in check. Thus, having a furry friend in your life can surely increase the quality of your life.
Get strapped to apps
Make your smartphone your loneliness lifeline. There are plenty of apps that are designed for people who are alone and crave for a social connection. Have fun with dog filters, complete poems, pet a virtual animal, design homes, chat with strangers—there’s a lot you can dabble in. Just make sure that your phone use is optimal. The last thing you want is technology messing with your mental health and sleep patterns.
When people feel lonely, they tend to ignore their health. Such people believe that no one cares about them, so they indulge in unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, gambling and eating junk foods. Keep in mind that at this age, your health is your biggest asset. Being healthy makes you feel active and young. Eat healthy, exercise and engage in activities that make you feel content. A wise man once said, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”