It happens to all of us, and November and December tend to be particularly difficult: you get tired and irritable, and just crave some alone time! It’s absolutely normal… But how much time can someone spend alone and still maintain mental health?
Could you spend a week alone? One man tried, and found the experiment unexpectedly difficult.
The experiment was part of the “Campaign to End Loneliness”. As our society ages, loneliness is becoming a huge problem. Elderly people who lose their social networks as they age are at the most risk for suffering from depression and dementia as they age. It gets especially bad around Christmas time. Everyone seems to be getting together for some much-needed family time and it can be really tough to be alone then.
This Holiday season, it can be as easy as calling or visiting a loved one who would otherwise be alone. It’s a small gesture that can have a huge impact on their lives.