Loneliness isn’t lonely – two types.
Trinity College Dublin recently found that loneliness can be categorized into two types: social and emotional. Social loneliness relates to the quantity of people you have relationships with, whereas emotional loneliness is about the quality of those relationships.
Quality over quantity.
Those suffering the strongest symptoms of depression, anxiety and negative psychological wellbeing were found to be experiencing emotional (quality) loneliness. Mum was right, it doesn’t matter how many Facebook friends you have.
Loneliness isn’t to be taken lightly; it is in line with obesity and smoking when it comes to mortality and has been identified to cause asthma and autoimmune disease. Caring for yourself and getting out there needs to be part of your wellness routine.
Changing your habits.
The harsh reality is that today’s world is designed for loneliness with “social” media and Netflix allowing us to get cozy on the couch and not see people for days. Next time you’re going on a Netflix binge why not invite someone over to enjoy it with you? Just be sure to remember the popcorn.
If you’re a bit rusty on your people skills, why not start with a pet? Rover.com lets you enjoy the company of a pet hassle-free. And, if you weren’t already aware, pets have been shown to offer a wide range of mental health benefits, from exercise to companionship.
Nutrition Can With That
On the topic of mental health, there is no better suiter than adaptogens; mighty botanicals that help you to resist physical, chemical and biological stresses. These powerful nutrients promote alpha waves in the brain to manage stress without sedating you.
Stress has been defined as having 2 phases; adaptation and exhaustion. Adaptogens work to lengthen the adaption phase of stress in order to delay or even prevent the exhaustion phase.
Where to find them.
Adaptogens can be found in 3 major forms: mushrooms (Maitake, Cordyceps, etc.), herbs (Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri, etc.) and foods (garlic, green tea, etc.)
L-theanine, naturally found in green tea, is particularly exciting due to the amount of studies that examine its effectiveness when combined with caffeine. One study examined cognition and mood of subjects who consumed 50mg of caffeine with and without 100mg of L-theanine. Obviously, caffeine improved alertness and attention but interestingly the combination improved both speed and accuracy of these tasks whilst also decreasing distraction. More about L-theanine and other coffee enhancers on our site.
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