August 27, 2019 by Bob Hurdle

We all deal with loneliness from time to time. Loneliness can sneak up on anyone. During different life stages our social situations change. Being alone can slowly or swifty switch to being lonely.

Without being addressed, loneliness can affect our mental, physical, and emotional health.

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Get Out There

Combat loneliness by getting out into the world. Even the simplest act of retrieving the mail and interacting with neighbors or picking up food at the grocery store can foster a feeling of connection.

The Linkside lifestyle offers many clubs and activities that appeal to a variety of interests.

Invest in Your Health

Investing in your health is one of the best ways to counter loneliness at any age. First order of business is addressing your bad habits. Start by making a healthy choice. As you do this, you will find that you have more energy to get out into the world.

Get Active

Physical activity will stimulate your body and your mind. Exercise releases endorphins and other feel-good hormones, which boost your mood and overall outlook. This can be accomplished without the help of a gym. Try taking up hiking, cycling, or pickleball. An added plus, these activities usually have clubs or teams connected for some social stimulation.

At Linkside, we love seeing residents using our walking trails, the nearby Old Hawthorne clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, and extensive golf facility.

Focus on What You Can Control

We cannot control everything around us. Loneliness is not a stigma. The best way to combat loneliness is to first look inward and then extend ourselves to our neighbors.

Think, “What can I do to feel more connected?” By reflecting on what we need, we can follow up with intentional action.  Even small steps can help. Your thoughts and actions can help stir your emotions.

At Linkside, we have a vibrant community whose shared experience creates a bond unique to community living.