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Replacing Loneliness with Togetherness

Replacing loneliness with togetherness doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Loneliness is more common than you think, with 1 in 4 Australians reporting they feel lonely according to psychweek.org.au.

 

What is the Difference between Loneliness and Togetherness?

 

Girl sitting by herself at a windowLoneliness is the desire to have more social contact than you currently have. It is the negative emotions you experience when you feel that you don’t have someone to support you.

Loneliness can occur at any time and at any place. You don’t have to be on your own to feel lonely. Sometimes you can be surrounded by people and still feel like you have only yourself.

Secondly, togetherness is a sense of community and belonging. It doesn’t have to include many people. Togetherness focuses on the quality of the relationships rather than their quantity. Surround yourself with people who provide the support you need.

 

How Does Loneliness Affect your Mental and Physical Health?

People can express loneliness through emotions. It also can show in different ways!

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Problems sleeping
  • Uncommon pain
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Low motivation
  • Change in diet/appetite

Mental Symptoms:

  • Worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Let’s see how loneliness can change through the practice of togetherness.

 

How Does Togetherness Improve your Mental and Physical Health?

Togetherness is all about quality relationships and social connectivity. It has many benefits to your mental and physical health.

Physical Benefits:Two women having a picnic in a park smiling

  • Better life satisfaction
  • Improves immune system
  • Develops the nervous system
  • Healthier brain function
  • Reduce pain levels

Mental Benefits:

  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Improves empathy
  • Sense of belonging
  • Improves self-worth

 

Replacing Loneliness with Togetherness

men and women eating pizza together and talking

Togetherness focuses on meaningful relationships, while loneliness feels like you don’t have anyone.

By creating meaningful and supportive connections, you can significantly decrease your sense of loneliness.

There are many ways to take the first steps to replace loneliness with togetherness. It can be as simple as:

  1. Join a group/club within your suburb that share your hobbies!
  2. Reach out to a friend or family member
  3. Volunteer somewhere you are passionate about
  4. Find a social media group like an online book club
  5. Start a sport

 

More Information

Our Psych Up! resources in March are discussing the importance of togetherness. Thus, make sure to stay tuned to learn more about togetherness, loneliness and social media, and make sure to read our special blog for International Women’s Day.

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Resources:

https://psychweek.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Psychology-Week-2018-Australian-Loneliness-Report.pdf

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-welfare/social-isolation-and-loneliness-covid-pandemic