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How to overcome loneliness

If you feel like you’re on your own, take a read through this page. We’ve put it together to help you break through the barriers created by loneliness.

Do you feel lonely?

Feeling lonely doesn’t necessarily mean you have no one nearby. You may be surrounded by friends and family but still feel lonely.

Loneliness is a deeply personal experience - unique to every individual. It can have different causes and different consequences for each and every one of us.

You may be lonely for a number of reasons:

  • perhaps you’ve lost a loved one
  • moved away from friends and family
  • lost the social contact and enjoyment you used to get from work
  • have health problems that make it difficult for you to go out and do the things you enjoy.

You're not alone. It's important to know that you're not alone.

Why it’s important to address loneliness

Over recent years we've gained a greater understanding of the impact loneliness has on our health.

We now know that, for example, the effect of loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is more damaging than obesity.

It's associated with depression, sleep problems, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems.

What you can do

There are a number of things you can do to tackle loneliness. Take advantage of services that tackle loneliness.

There are local Age Cymru partners across Wales who provide vital services to older people. The services will vary according to funding, but these range from carers support, cafe and drop in centres and information and advice. Our partners can let you know about local groups in your area that you might want to join.

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