Nowadays, depression and stress represent the most fierced “combo” in our lives. These two factors are so often present in our lives that we no longer know how it even feels without them in them. Social isolation is a phenomenon that did not take place in the last years, but in the last decades, and it has risen dramatically with the acceleration of technologies. Let’s see how social isolation appears and what are some solutions to it.
The first problem that appears with social isolation is the fact that it can cause serious health issues. The first one on the list is the heart disease, followed by severe depression, significant weight loss or weight gain, and the early risk of aging.
Furthermore, people who are on edge on developing a disease may not be aware of any of the symptoms, exactly because they remain isolated, without social contact.
Of course, the reasons for their social isolation can be infinite, and depending on each person’s history, past events, and emotional side. However, social isolation becomes a reality after an accident or trauma, or after spending too much time online, in their virtual life, and forgetting to live their actual life. It has been many times the case for young people, especially boys, who spend days and nights playing computer games and building up their imagine in the online world, that they no longer were interested in attending classes or doing sports. This is another kind of social isolation.
Hence, the environment we live in and that our children are growing up in is the most important factor in developing or not such kind of illnesses, because social isolation is ultimately, a depression taken too far and converted into a complete isolation of the being, without any exterior warmth or feelings. From this perspective, we should be more careful regarding our children or the persons close to us that seem to be falling into this kind of depression, to the way they spend their time or not in the company of other people. And in the moment we notice something is not right, we should ask for a counselor’s advice.
The health risks are serious for those confronting with this problem, and all the activities that the person does should be taken into consideration when analyzing the best way to deal with it.
Showing human emotions can be a solution, as it has been scientifically proven that even holding hands or smiling can have a positive effect, or getting that person to do more things outside his perimeter. For example, go jogging, go out in the park, take pictures, learn to enjoy live and leave the entire isolation behind.