Loneliness is often viewed as a problem that only women experience but, in reality, men can feel just as lonely. In fact, loneliness has a big impact on males’ lives.
There are a number of reasons why men may feel lonely.
For example, some men may feel isolated because they work in fields that are traditionally dominated by men, such as construction or the military.
Others may feel lonely because they’re in a new place and don’t yet have anyone to connect with.
Whatever the reason might be, it’s clear that loneliness is a problem that’s worth taking seriously — and one that disproportionately impacts men.
The impact of loneliness on men
Here are some of the major reasons loneliness can be especially hard on men.
Loneliness can lead to serious health problems
According to loneliness expert John Cacioppo, the effects of loneliness aren’t just psychological. In fact, they can have a major impact on your physical health.
For example, according to one study, people who reported feeling lonely were twice as likely to develop high blood pressure. They were also more likely to experience a decline in their overall health and more likely to die prematurely.
Loneliness can lead to substance abuse
Men who feel lonely are also more likely to turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping with their feelings. This can quickly lead to addiction and other problems.
Loneliness can lead to risky behavior
When you feel isolated, it can be easy to make bad decisions about your life.
For example, you might skip exercising or working on a project that’s important to you because you just don’t have the motivation. You might also become more impulsive and do things that put your health at risk.
Loneliness can lead to mental health problems
Men who feel lonely are also more likely to experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
This can lead to a number of negative consequences such as difficulty maintaining friendships or romantic relationships, job instability, and even suicide.
Simply put, loneliness is a problem that can have a significant impact on men’s lives.
Making the decision to open up about loneliness
If you’re feeling lonely, the first step is to open up about it.
This can be difficult for men because they’re often expected to be strong and independent.
However, you deserve to have a fulfilling life — and that means being honest with yourself and others about your feelings.
Finding time for meaningful connection in a busy world It’s not easy for anyone in today’s world to find time for meaningful connection, but it’s especially tough for men.
That’s because many of the traditional avenues for socializing (such as bars) are geared towards women.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways to connect with others. You could try joining a club or group that focuses on an activity you enjoy, or you could make an effort to regularly spend time with people you trust.
The important thing is to make sure your life isn’t lacking in meaningful connections.
Male friendship needs to be taken seriously
Our society doesn’t do nearly enough to emphasize the importance of male friendships.
As a result, many men feel lost or adrift when it comes to finding the kind of deep connection that’s necessary for true happiness.
If you’re one of those men, don’t lose hope — and definitely don’t try to deal with your loneliness by masking it with drugs or alcohol like so many do.
Instead, make a commitment to yourself to find an outlet for your feelings and to build meaningful connections with others. It won’t be easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
Loneliness is also correlated with longevity. For instance, multiple studies have found that people who feel lonely are more likely to die prematurely than people who don’t feel lonely.
Men need connections for good health
Fortunately, there’s hope when it comes to loneliness. Research has shown that men can actually improve their health and relationships through activities such as volunteering and spending time with friends, family, and other members of the community.
When men feel lonely, they tend to withdraw from society — but if they make an effort to reach out and connect with others, it can have a huge impact on their health and well-being.
Don’t let loneliness lead to addiction or suicide
Unfortunately, many men don’t get the help they need for their loneliness. They might turn to drugs or alcohol instead, which can quickly lead to addiction and even death in some cases.
Alternatively, they might decide that ending their lives is the only answer — and this is a dark path that often starts with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
How men can combat loneliness
While it’s important for everyone to feel connected, it can be especially important that men feel like they belong.
That’s because we still live in a society where traditional gender roles play an important role and many of these roles emphasize independence and stoicism — both characteristics that can make it more difficult for men to ask for help or talk about their feelings.
Because of these issues, it’s important for men to take steps to combat loneliness by staying socially active and connecting with others.
For example, you might get together with family members on a regular basis, join a book club at your local library, or volunteer in your community.
Whatever the approach, it’s important to remember that loneliness can have a serious impact on your quality of life.
To learn more about how you can combat loneliness, contact organizations such as the American Psychological Association or AARP.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed because of your loneliness, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Doing so is one of the bravest things you can do, and it’s the best way to take control of your life.
Loneliness is a common feeling, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. There are a number of ways for men to connect with others and build meaningful relationships.
It’s important to remember that loneliness can have a serious impact on your quality of life, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Just remember to take things one step at a time and to stop by as often as you like.