Today is World Mental Health Day and I want to talk about loneliness. New research has shown that loneliness is no longer just a problem that only impacts older people, it can also impact younger people too. What this new research highlights is the fact that a large percentage of adults are reporting feeling loneliness for one reason or another, which is a rather sad concept – no one should feel lonely. Loneliness is something that many experience every day.

I’m not going to lie, loneliness can be difficult to deal with and can have a huge impact on your mental health and happiness, which is why it’s essential that if you are struggling with loneliness that you take steps to change that.

The fact is that while it’s not always easy to improve the social life that you have and step out of leading a lonely life, it is possible to do so. Are you wondering what it takes to lead a more sociable life and stop feeling lonely? Have a read of the tips below and implement them in terms of how you lead your life.

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

One of the number one reasons that people suffer from loneliness is because they struggle to step outside of their comfort zone. If you are the kind of person who struggles with anxiety, stepping outside of your comfort zone might not be as easy as you would think. It’s hard to be brave but worth the effort. You need to find the courage to take that leap of faith, a great way to do that is to set an incentive for yourself if you manage to do something that you wouldn’t normally do. You might find that despite wanting to that you just can’t, and in that case, it could be time to ask for

Set Aside Time for Socialising

With the hectic work schedules that many of us have, it’s not always easy to make time for seeing friends or making new friends. However, unless you want to be lonely, it’s essential that you set aside time each week for seeing your friends or for making new ones. Take a look at your weekly schedule and determine when and where you can fit time in to socialise. By making time for this you can ensure that you actually have time to see your friends. It’s all about prioritising your self-care.

Try Something New

Sometimes, it can feel impossible to make new friends. Meeting new people is easy when you’re younger; when you’re mixing with lots of people at school or university, but as you get older it can become extremely difficult to meet new people. One of the best ways to meet someone new is by trying out new things.

The first step to take when it comes to finding something new to do is to Google activities in your local area. You will be amazed at the wide range of options that are available for you to try, from tango classes to sign language classes. You will also find that there are various socials arranged, such as walks, *pub crawls, and sports match watching events that anyone can attend. It’s not always easy making new friends, but trying out new things can make the process far easier, particularly if you attend a wide number of different local activities and events.

Not sure what to try out? Think about what you enjoy doing and look for local events and activities that might fit your interests. For instance, say you enjoy playing sports, perhaps you could find a local sports club to join, or if you’re someone who loves to cook, perhaps you could opt to join a local cooking class.

Loneliness is a serious problem and can have a serious impact on your general health and happiness, which is why it’s so important that you find a way to combat loneliness and improve your social life in a positive way. Hopefully, the tips and ideas above will help you to do that, so that you can prevent lonliness and associated problems from occuring in your life.

If you are struggling with any physical or mental health issues please see your GP who will be able to offer tailored support to meet your individual needs and also signpost you to other sources of help.

*Always drink responsibly.

Self-Care: Angela Langford Scrub Up

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I wrote recently about self-care and about why it is important. Self-care is not just important for your mental wellbeing but your physical health too. I’ve already posted about how your bath time ritual is important and how to get the most out of it. Now I’m thinking about skin care, particularly facial care.

The PR over at Angela Langford Skincare emailed me a while ago tell me about Angela’s skincare range. The name rang a bell and it might with you. Angela Langford was a MasterChef finalist and her skincare range is based on Angela’s passion for all things natural and her insistence on quality. Angela’s organic, vegan, cruelty-free products are a wonder to behold.

I received the Angela Langford Scrub Up to give a go and was very impressed. Believe it or not, it takes a lot nicki cawood, angela langfordof work, great filters and clever lighting to keep this face looking so youthful. I haven’t worn makeup since I was 17 years old and try to avoid chemical-laden skincare. I have skin that needs to be exfoliated and this wonderful smelling papaya, bilberry and lemon facial exfoliator clears and brightens my skin. I have used vegan, cruelty-free brands before and this product is right up there on my favourite’s list.

Described as a fruit smoothie for the skin, this scrub helps to slough off dead skin making it feel great and look younger. Needless to say, anything that makes my skin glows gives me a great feeling too so it’s a win/win. Angela suggests using it a couple of times a week however if I’m being honest, I use it most days.

I think Angela’s skill in the kitchen and her belief in whole-body wellness, i.e. only using top quality, natural ingredients in skin care and only putting into your body the same, is what makes this brand stand out.

From a self-care point of view, I love the Angela Langford Scrub Up, the taking time to pamper myself and to enjoy the wonderful scent which is mood boosting in itself.

You can see the full range of product and find out more about Angela here and don’t forget to catch up with the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What would you say your favourite self-care routine or activity is?

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