Loneliness in Motherhood

Jane Newman | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Newman

A happy mother will find her happy medium and in doing so avoid becoming lonely. Everybody will have a different idea of what this is, but as long as they reach this goal, they are less at risk of becoming lonely.

I Restore Myself When I'm Alone

Diana Moran | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

It was the iconic Marilyn Monroe who said "I restore myself when I'm alone". Despite living until she was just 36 this message has been an echo to me throughout my life. And now, a happy, healthy 76-year-old woman I can share that, until recently, I'd never fully understood the meaning of the phrase.

11 Realities of Single Motherhood

Ella Davis | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

My son's giggles are the best sound ever - fact. We often have a boogie. Or tickles before bed. If I had a partner I'd have less time for this. What's more, because of all the things we are missing out on I make extra effort to fill the house with laughter.

Your Need for Privacy Could Be Hurting You

Liberty Forrest | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Most of the time, when people say this to me, I'm surprised. Not that they've said it (and it's lovely that they do), but that it's their perception that I've done something unusual, or at least, something unusual enough that it warrants commenting on it.

So Lonely

Lisa Edwards | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I sat there listening to the stories of 70 and 90-year-olds still yearning for the company of their spouses - one keeps his wife's ashes in a bag on the chair next to him - and thinking about my own mother's story. Her husband died when she was my age, and her life pretty much folded. By choice.

This Christmas Let's Ensure No-One Is Feeling Isolated and Alone

Luciana Berger | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our understanding grows all the time about the links between loneliness, mental and physical health. The Marmot Review, conducted under the last Labour government, showed that people who live isolated lives are five times more likely to die early than people with a strong social network. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, loneliness is as dangerous to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and more dangerous than obesity. Medical studies show a clear link between loneliness and dementia, high blood pressure, and suicide.

Loneliness is Not Just for Christmas

Patrick Stannah | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Patrick Stannah

The ONS' conclusion is foreboding, stating that the problem will only get worse given the UK's ageing population. The term 'chronically lonely' is now regularly being used to describe the condition. What can be done? It is an issue very close to my heart and I believe that we can all play a part in tackling loneliness.

Having an Emotional Christmas Time: A Guide to Getting Through It

Kat Farrants | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Farrants

There's no time like Christmas to act as a reminder that I'm single, child-less and am now the oldest i've ever been, now a mystifying 40 years old. It seems that, once again, I'm having Christmas just with my parents.

Sheryl Sandberg On How Grieving For Her Husband On Facebook Helped Her Heal

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sheryl Sandberg has opened up about how sharing a single status on Facebook helped her grieve for her husband and heal. The Facebook COO said that ...

Sarah Ann Harris

This Is An Utterly Ingenious Way Of Solving The Problem Of Elderly Loneliness

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK

"I haven’t got anybody of my age now left, the last one’s gone. “You never think of what it’s like to be old do you? When you’re...

Delivery Driver Hailed A 'Hero' For Saving Elderly Man's Life Who Had Collapsed At Home Alone

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A delivery driver for a local pharmacy has been heralded a "hero" after saving an elderly man's life who had collapsed at home. Colin, who works fo...

The Loneliness of the Long-Serving Mother

Kirsty Smith | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Parents
Kirsty Smith

Peeling down to your sexy underwear on a naughty weekend break before drunkenly deciding 'Let's make a baby!' is exciting. It was being exciting that got you into this mess. Being boring might be tedious but it rarely ends in childbirth.

No One Should Have No One

Samantha Nicklin | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK
Samantha Nicklin

Loneliness is a feeling rather than a specific situation so is an intensely personal problem. Many older people live alone and don't feel lonely at all, whilst others are surrounded by family and friends and feel desperately lonely.

You Are Not Sad or Lonely if You Drink Tea

David Ready | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Tea drinking is a part of our national identity, a part of our social routine, a routine that has echoed across the world, even in the United States, with many referring to us Brits as tea-drinkers, rather than the European coffee lovers.

Can Technology End Loneliness? Helping Older People Get Connected

Steve Allen | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Allen

Loneliness is having a devastating impact on our older population. Every day, we hear stories of older people who feel marginalised and useless, believe they are a burden on society, and who have no one to turn to for the simple companionship so many of us take for granted.

Together, We Can Ease Loneliness This Winter

Lorna Harris | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lorna Harris

Saturday mornings for me are often the hardest, especially when you have no weekend plans. That easy conversation you get having someone around is something I miss. Having to make plans to see people can get expensive, people are busy. Loneliness happens.

95-Year-Old Invited To Radio Station After Emotional Call To Say He Misses His Wife

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A radio station invited a lonely 95-year-old man to come in for a coffee after he called in to say he misses his wife. Bill Palmer phoned BBC Radi...

Action on Loneliness Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Mary Rance | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Mary Rance

What the UK is experiencing is a loneliness epidemic. It is the sheer number of older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation which blights the UK's position as one of the best places in the world to grow old. This isn't going away or getting any better, and it's not something we can shy away from.

Why I Needed Mum Friends

Aimee Foster | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Clearly mums weren't going to turn up at my doorstep. I would have to go out and find them. This was a bit of an alien concept for me as most of my existing friendships had come about from school and work. I had never actively looked for friends before.

Dark Days for Our Brave Veterans

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK
Air Marshal Christopher Nickols

As the nation recalls the dark days of 1940 and honours the brave RAF airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is trying to help veterans who are having dark days today. Too often we hear stories of elderly veterans who have outlived their family and are spending their later years in solitude. But our new research tells a slightly different story.

Intentional Solitude - The Importance of (Sometimes) Being Alone

Joanna Cates | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Cates

To be able to be with ourselves, and just ourselves, is very important. This means not only time out from interaction with others, but also from interaction with the multiple forms of technology and social media that many of us succumb to on a daily, even hourly, basis.

Loneliness - Too Many Parents Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Sir Tony Hawkhead

For parents who don't have a social network it can be daunting to build one. They may have moved for work, or they may be estranged from their family. Loneliness can knock people's confidence and send them into a deepening cycle in which it becomes harder to make friends.

On The Week That Was

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Please Do Lead Me Astray The House of Lords is reeling after a certain peer was found to be ageing rather disgracefully. I have to say that the photo...

Forgive Yourself, Being a Parent Is Hard Enough

Zara Walker | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

Parenthood isn't the hardest thing on earth, it is wonderful and brings with it a lot of joy. However it is the emotional torture we put ourselves through continually that beings to weigh us down, or gives us the feeling of being mentally and physically tired.

How Understanding Your Social Interaction Personality Can Help to Prevent Loneliness

Dr Rebecca Harris | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rebecca Harris

Loneliness is literally painful. It activates the same brain areas that alert us to physical pain, making us seek out others and encouraging us to spend time with family and friends. To prevent our brains triggering this feeling, we must understand why it happens and learn to respond to it promptly.