Stay Active and Keep Loneliness Away

“Don’t be afraid of getting older – be afraid of getting boring”.

The best thing you can do to combat loneliness and depression is to get out and about. Even going to get the groceries, to the shopping centre, looking out over the River or the Bay, or joining the girls for coffee can be a great pick-me-up.

In addition to medical and important appointments, ORCODA CONNECT will take you out to your favourite coffee club, to Bowls, little excursions to Mount Coot-tha, Wellington Point, Redcliffe, or anywhere you choose; to chess or cards –  safely and carefully and returned home to your door. We carry your parcels and help negotiate steps or uneven ground.

You simply need to get out and be amongst other people. Even if you are living alone, that should not stop you from doing and pursuing what you love. There is a cliché little sign that says, “don’t be afraid of getting older – be afraid of getting boring”.  Boredom leads to loneliness, and loneliness can breed depression. If you find yourself alone, it is important to see such solitude as an opportunity to pursue your own passions.

You are not limited by your alone time. Try something new. Take up an instrument or learn a language, bake, draw, start a new hobby or resume an old one. Simply get moving. Physical activity, even gentle walking, will assist in the production of endorphins. These feel-good hormones will assist with a more positive mood and sensation of being in control. Not only does activity give your mind a break, but it helps your body support your emotional states.

Take a look and ask around, see if there are any group activities in your area such as Tai-Chi, a walking group, swimming clubs, or cycling activities. Another thing you can do to combat feelings of loneliness is to eat well. This goes hand in hand with physical activity; good food and good exercise assist good minds. Take some time to prioritize a healthy diet, reduce any alcohol or tobacco intake, and drink more water.

Treat yourself from time to time, and build a well-balanced diet into your life in order to bring out the best in your mind. Sporting groups are a good place to start, but if you are no longer physically capable of active exercise then there are plenty of other options. You could volunteer at a local hospital or op-shop, take up painting, baking, or flower arranging, get involved at a local sports club to help organize and support members or even start up your own club for like-minded people in your area. ( With thanks to )

ORCODA CONNECT offers you Safe, Assisted, Personalised Transportation. We don’t just care where you go, we care how you get there. Our trained and accredited drivers pick you up and return you to your door.  Live Well, Keep Active!