Loneliness is a feeling of sadness and unhappy about being socially isolated. People misinterpret it as a mental health problem. On the other hand, loneliness is just a state of mind. But if loneliness increases, it can have a negative impact on your mental as well as physical health.
Loneliness affects the physical health as it causes a person to feel empty, unwanted or alone. Such people like to have human contacts but their state of mind won’t allow them to make connections. It is an unpleasant experience. Hence, it can cause long term health consequences.
Following are some ways in which loneliness affects your physical health.
1. It weakens your Immune System
Feeling of loneliness makes you fall sick more often. Due to increase in stress because of loneliness, your immune system, blood sugar, thyroid functions etc all gets affected.
Since our body and mind are connected to each other, more stress or thinking about same thing will affect negatively and it decreases the power of fighting with diseases. This results in weaker immune system and this creates a way for more and more health issues.
2. Change in Quality of Sleep
Loneliness and bad sleep are linked to each other. This can be a difficulty in falling asleep, sleeping too much or poor quality of sleep all together. This results in tiredness the whole day as well as low levels of energy.
Sleep is much needed for balancing the body, for proper functioning of body organs etc. Hence, any change in quality of sleep affects the body negatively.
Headaches as well as migraines are the result of overthinking. When a person feels lonely, they tend to think a lot. As they have no one to talk with, they keep on thinking about the same thing again and again. Hence, many negative thoughts enters their mind.
Loneliness is one of the reasons for lower pain tolerance and hence the emotions you experience from loneliness increases headaches.
4. Impatience or Irritability
Loneliness creates a sense of rejection. They feel that they are not good enough to have friends, they can socialist with people, nobody will like them and much more. All this results in additional unhappiness in engaging with others and easily get annoyed while having conversation.
5. Increases the Risk of Heart diseases
Meeting new people, going out and having a conversation with them, all this helps to decrease the risk of heart diseases. But lonely people have unhealthy lifestyle, they are more affected by stressful events. All this results in increasing risk of heart disease.
6. Loneliness increases digestive issue
Stress, anxiety and depression all have an impact on the digestive system. Overthinking causes discomfort, pain which affects the gastrointestinal system.
When we take too much stress, our body prepares our organs to fight and put our functions to rest, so that they can fight with stress. This results in stomach getting cramps or you might have digestive issues.
Since, digestion is much needed for proper functioning of our body. So, any issue in it invites lots of problems and health issues.
To maintain your physical health, you must come out of loneliness. It’s best to interact with people, focus on your studies and to make yourself busy in the things you like to do. All this will not just help you to cope with loneliness but also helps to maintain your physical and mental health.