Hello and welcome to an extra blog post this week, inspired by some fun quality time that I have been able to spend with my family this evening.
Being a working mum since my children were babies has meant that opportunities like this evening are few and far between…
So how grateful am I to have a supportive Manager that encourages me to have time off like this. Also, I hope a career path that will enable me to work flexibly around my children and other commitments.
Self-care and working on connections, both family and other relationships have been high on my agenda over the past six months in particular.
There has been a lot of research to say that loneliness and a lack of connections can be just as bad for your health as being obese, smoking, being physically inactive etc…So scheduling social time can be good for both your physical and emotional health. What great motivation!
There is a campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation for the elderly here in the UK. More information can be found at: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/loneliness-research/
I think there is some quite sobering statistics regarding loneliness on this website:
Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom
- 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)
- Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
- Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)
- 63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)
- 59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)
- A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)
A good book recommendation on this topic is Love 2.0 by Barbara Fredrikson. Available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-2-0-Finding-Happiness-Connection/dp/0142180475/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530042997&sr=8-1&keywords=love+2.0
Well worth a read if you would like to learn more 🙂
To finish my post today, I won whilst bowling with this cute little man 😉
As ever if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me, would love to hear from you.