The wave of loneliness can hit us at any moment of our lives. But as we get older, we tend to find ourselves with more free time and nothing to do, which can lead to a feeling of isolation.
It might get harder and harder to visit your loved one daily that’s why it’s important to ensure your loved one has the right tools and support to ensure they don’t suffer from loneliness.
Sixty and Me have provided five tips on how to achieve that.
Getting better sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep isn’t only detrimental for babies, even as we age we need to ensure we are getting enough sleep. Having a full seven – nine hours a day is vital in ensuring your loved one gets their cognitive health on track and stop loneliness from taking over.
Create an engaging social environment
Encourage your loved one to form as many friendships with those around them as they can. This will help eradicate any fears they may have lingering in their minds, or may even put the fears to rest.
Make a difference in your community
For shy people, putting themselves out there in the community is something they tend to avoid. However, making a difference in the community is not limited to doing big, bold acts. Encourage your loved one to do small acts of kindness wherever they can. This will help not only build your loves one’s confidence but will create a good support network around them, leaving them feeling fulfilled.
If you feel your loved one is sometimes grumpy or closed off, it could be a sign of feeling lonely. Constantly reassuring them and visiting them will help bring light into their lives, eventually warming up their heart.
Try something entirely new:
Encourage your loved one to join support groups or even to pick up a new hobby. This will help them to meet people they have common interests with and create a network radiating positive energy, removing the feeling of loneliness.
Loneliness is a very common emotion, especially among the elderly, which is why these simple tricks will get your loved one feeling great if you do suspect they may be feeling alone.
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