Mid-life is such a funny term, mostly because we really can’t pinpoint exactly when our mid-life will occur. Coupled with that, we all do things at different times. I got married when I was 22, but one of my best friends waited until she was almost 30. My oldest and her oldest are nine years apart, so even though we are essentially the same age, our life stage feels very different. What we’re both experiencing in our middle years looks and feels different. As such, the reasons behind our feelings of loneliness vary.
The harsh reality is, though, loneliness can hit at any age or any life stage and all of us who struggle with these feelings are putting our physical health in danger. Recent research reveals loneliness has a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is just as bad for us as obesity and physical inactivity. In fact, if you’re continually experiencing loneliness, the chance of your mid-life occurring while you’re in your 40s-50s is greatly diminished—loneliness increases your mortality rate by 26%. This is just a courtesy heads-up: No matter what age you are, if you’re feeling lonely, keep reading for some helpful tips embedded in the following reasons loneliness feels acute in the middle years.
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