Loneliness (How to spot the signs)
Loneliness is something that many people will experience in their lifetime, but would you know how to spot the signs? in this article, we share some things to look out for when caring for someone.
Loss of appetite
If you notice that the person is eating less than usual or isn’t interested in their meals, it could be that they feel lonely. A well-balanced diet is essential to staying fit and healthy, so you should encourage people to eat properly to take good care of themselves.
Mentioning loved ones
If someone starts mentioning certain loved ones more often than usual, it could be that they’re feeling lonely. Of course, it may just be that they haven’t seen them for a while and they’re missing them, but it could be that they’re lacking social contact with friends and family members in general.
The feeling of loneliness can impact a person’s behaviour in different ways. It may make people shy away from social situations or it could make them overly attached and resentful about being left alone.
People experiencing loneliness may also become uncharacteristically enraged, often because they’re embarrassed and frustrated about how they feel.
How to help someone experiencing loneliness
If you find that someone is experiencing loneliness, there are ways that you can help them.
Firstly, talk with them about how they’re feeling and ask what they think would help. (Simply starting dialogue could make them feel a bit better and more willing to open up.)
Another alternative is to motivate the person to attend social events or take up hobbies that involve other people. (This will allow the person to meet new people and build new friendships)
Understanding how to spot the signs of loneliness can really help when it comes to caring for others, and we hope that you’ve found this guide helpful.