Loneliness

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

Woman Sets Up Cuddle Shop, Gets 10,000 Emails A Week

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us would barf or run away at the thought of cuddling a stranger, and that's before we even consider the hygiene implications or wandering hand...

Poorna Bell

Loneliness Is Becoming An Epidemic Among Younger Men, But Here's What We Can Do

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It is breathtaking how quickly and insidiously loneliness can set in and clamp itself to a person's life. In Britain, we have something of a loneli...

What Happens When the Young Men Prone to Suicide Become the Elderly Men Living a Lonely Life on Their Own?

Clare Finney | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

Lonely. The word hit me like a dull blow down the phone line. For a man of his years to admit to loneliness to someone he had not met and hardly spoken to before seemed beyond belief. I know elderly men: my grandfathers and their peers don't 'do' emotion, and would balk at sharing them - even with their nearest and dearest, let alone a stranger.

Is 'One' the Loneliest Number?

Amy Anka | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I had a conversation the other night with a gentleman in his 50's, who also admitted something similar. That he suffers from "loneliness". I was so sad upon hearing this. Vulnerability always does that to me. Moves me in inexplicable ways. A lot of us get lonely at times, yet we are often too afraid, or too embarrassed to admit it.

93-Year-Old Man's Poem For His Late Wife Moves Us To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When we heard Bob Lowe's beautiful poem for his late wife Kath, we knew it was something we needed to share. The 93-year-old widower, from Hampshir...

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I received an email last week from a parent who was concerned about her daughter: "...she's lonely and I don't know what to do. I heard her whisper to herself I wish I was someone else. I am distraught. How can I help her?"

Loneliness and Cancer Are a Toxic Combination

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bouverie

How can you feel alone when you're surrounded by people? Lisa Grice from Cheshire knows the answer to that because in 2012 when she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, she had her husband by her side - but she was still crippled with loneliness.

A Pole Position Not to be Proud Of

Patrick Stannah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

When people are packed together into blocks of flats, enduring a constant hubbub of noise and traffic, cities are notoriously unfriendly. So discovering that London's pensioners experience the greatest feeling of loneliness - at 75% of all we spoke to - is probably to be expected.

A Grim Reminder as the Levels of Loneliness in Older People Reach Breaking Point

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

The story of Bournemouth resident, Anne Leitrim, has really struck a chord with me this past week. The discovery comes merely one day after Contact the Elderly declared a state of emergency in response to the numbers of lonely older people in the UK...

Ever Feel Like an Outsider? You Are Not Alone

Devi Clark | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Devi Clark

Humans are social animals. We thrive when we feel understood and accepted. Our mental and physical health levels sink when we are lonely or fear rejection. So if we feel threatened by rejection, we do our best to avoid it.

Are You a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Too?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

For decades I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. As far back as I can remember, it was difficult to "fit in". My mother was always saying "Why can't you be more like this person or that person?" I wondered that, too. I tried as hard as I could but somehow, it just didn't quite work. I didn't think like other people. And I was often misunderstood.

Keeping Up With the Jetsons

Deborah Gale | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Gale

There are concerns: fears about inauthentic relationships, particularly with respect to end of life care. Our acceptance of introducing human-like but not actually human helpers might qualify as an infringement on personal dignity. So, the next step should be targeted attention on specialized 'bots that will be able to assist and care for older adults.

Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.

Loneliness More Harmful Than Obesity, But Are GPs Are Ignoring The Problem?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this year, a 6-year study revealed that loneliness is twice as harmful than obesity, with lonely people more likely to die from it than obesit...

What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One of the great challenges within an ageing society is maintaining connectivity between the generations. Far too much of our society exists within a silo mentality, and that is also true when it comes to issues of family geography. With our global economy, many family members are often geographically isolated from each other - potentially connected only via digital communications.

The Art of Loneliness

Aaron Vallely | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

Having a friend die young, one realizes that their own existence is not guaranteed simply because of their youth. It might seem obvious, but it can be easily overlooked. Friendship is a quintessential and resplendent activity for each of us all, indeed, a luxury for the living. T

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

Loneliness May Become An Epidemic By 2030

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness among the elderly may seem like an issue unrelated to you if you are in your 30s and 40s, but according to experts, you could be affected l...

Heart Attack And Stroke Risk Can Double After Loss Of A Loved One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Losing a loved one is heartbreaking in any case. Little did we know however, is that bereavement can lead to serious cardiovascular issues. Grief d...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the Battle Against Loneliness - Focusing on a Solution

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Reading and hearing reports in the media each day, it is impossible to deny that there is increased awareness of the issue of loneliness and isolation in older people in the UK. Since I founded the charity 49 years ago, Contact the Elderly has been actively involved in combating loneliness, providing over a million face-to-face friendship links via our monthly tea parties

Poorna Bell

The Wonderful Benefits Of Being Alone

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The School Of Life, the initiative run by philosopher Alain de Botton to develop 'emotional intelligence', has just released a series of books on how ...

Seeking a New Route to Feeling Loved and Complete?

Tony Lobl | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.

Emotional Weeding to Help You Overcome Feeling Depressed

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Have you ever felt like you are losing touch with yourself? Or have you ever felt like you do not know yourself anymore? Losing connection to one's inner drive and motivation is common and often brings people to counselling or therapy. Do you recognize any of the following?