How to Combat Loneliness

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Did you know that loneliness has the potential to kill? Research suggests that loneliness is on par with substance abuse and obesity in terms of its negative impact on your physical health.

And not only does loneliness have the power to send us to an early grave, it has the potential to do incredible damage to our mental health in the meantime. A recent study reveals that lonely adults are almost two times more likely to be depressed, 1.2 times more likely to be anxious, and almost 1.5 times more likely to have thoughts of suicide.

There are things you can do to prevent your loneliness from turning into a depressive episode, and it involves connecting with others. One study suggests that a person’s risk of relapsing into depression is reduced by 63% just by joining 3 groups.

Of course, joining a group isn’t the only way to connect with others. Below are some other tactics you can use to combat loneliness. Please give them all a try. Feel free to add to the list, creating your own personal anti-loneliness action plan.

  • Say hello to people you pass on the street
  • Smile at others rather than looking away
  • Learn the art of accepting an invitation
  • Avoid the impulse to retreat and isolate
  • Make plans with someone – share a meal, see a show, take a walk
  • Take your dog to the dog park
  • Join a book club, a bridge club, a tennis club, a running club (options are endless)
  • Take a photography class, a foreign language class, a yoga class, a cooking class, a dance class (again, options are endless)

If the idea of doing these things makes you a bit anxious, or you’re feeling overwhelmed, please don’t despair. Making these types of changes takes patience, persistence, and determination. Most likely you will experience successes and failures along the way. Do your best not to be too hard on yourself as you begin making these changes. It’s doable, but change is never easy.

It may be difficult to step outside your comfort zone and connect with others. If you encounter barriers along the way, you may feel disappointed. You may want to give up and retreat to the solitude of your home. Please don’t give up!

Make a plan to connect with a couple of people a day. You can call them, meet in person, or simply connect by saying hello while on an elevator or at a checkout counter. Don’t let a single opportunity to connect with others pass you by. And, keep in mind: many people share your same struggle, so some of the people you say “hello” to as you go about your day may need that warm, momentary connection as much as you do.

The most important thing is to never give up – never stop trying. The stakes are too high. You must protect your physical and mental health at all costs. Connecting with others is a great way to achieve the goal of physical and mental well-being.

Smile and say hello to the next person you see. Keep making the effort to connect and, over time, you’ll reap the benefits.

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My grandmother was a herbalist. She taught me how to mix herbs to cure ailments. I grew up with her from the age of 15 years old. I was going to school  and at the same time returned to her shop of herbs learning different kinds of mixture of herbs and also their names. I have been involved in herbal mixture and I also used it to cure a lot of people who orthodox medicine could not cure even though a lot of people have abused herbal medicine. Selling herbal mixture, popularly called agbo, has also been a great source of income to me and my family. Why I Started This Home Remedies Blog As an educated herbalist , i have been into these work for some years now which  I have help so many peoples. One good-day  i thought about people who are not benefit from these like those outside the Nigeria or peoples who are shame  to seek for a herbalist. Then i decides to create a website so as they can contact me and i would gladly help them. I began this blog in 2017 out of a desire to share my passion for herbs and natural living with others. Above all, am a Muslim and am thankful for the daily love and grace Allah bestows me. I’m glad you’ve visited me here at my home on the web and hope you will join me as I continue down the road to healthier living and my mission to help peoples across the nation! Let’s Connect I would love to connect with you!  Feel free to subscribe to receive free regular post updates in your inbox!  Also, you can find me on facebook, twitter,

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