The need for companionship is found in people of all ages, sexes, races, and economic groups. This is because nobody wants to be alone, it feels nice to have someone by your side that is looking out for you. It has been proven that companionship provides benefits, both mental and physical, which can lead to a healthier and happier life for people across the social strata. Companionship increases the wellbeing of individuals, and here are all the reasons why it is important.
Stimulates the mind
In order to stay young at heart, it is vital that the mind remains active. Having a relationship with other people develops stimulation of the brain by providing a need to consider others rather than only yourself. Daily interaction with other people provides material that may be ‘mulled over’ during the times when a person is alone, providing a degree of excitement and expectation for future interactions. The anticipation of a future meeting with a friend or group of friends can prevent a person from developing depression.
As a person ages, there is often a reduction in the level of their companionship; children leave home, a spouse or partner may die, retirement may lead to long periods alone at home which can lead to loneliness and depression. Actively engaging with other people will assist in preventing the onset of depression and even dementia. Being alone for long periods of time can lead to health issues. A lack of companionship is not only found in the elderly, many younger people, perhaps those who are financially less well off will feel excluded from some activities. Companionship is equally important for them to prevent loneliness.
Gives you purpose
As stated earlier, humans require regular interaction with other humans in order to remain healthy. The prospect of meeting with a friend, or group of people will lead to anticipation of the next meeting, it can provide a stimulus that would otherwise be missing. Preparation for a forthcoming meeting can provide mental and physical benefits. Suddenly, you do not live only to serve yourself but rather also those around you.
A Helping Hand
Regardless of age, a person who feels lonely can reach out and make contact with others. In many countries, younger people will join up with the elderly to provide assistance with housework or to share in shopping trips or excursions. Companionship like this is available with Home Care Heroes and other community groups that give their time to those who need it like the disabled or elderly. The interaction between people in this respect is both physical, such as getting people ‘out of the house’, and mental like the enjoyment of social wellbeing that benefits both parties.
A Supportive Network
Creating support networks can take many forms, and it may involve taking a proactive approach by reaching out to others who you may not yet know. Closer to home, make time to attend family gatherings and try to make time to contact old friends who you may have lost contact with. Gaining a degree of computer literacy will provide access to supportive networks in a number of ways. First, the process of becoming computer literate will require interaction with others. Having obtained a level of competency with a computer, social media and the internet provide a wonderful opportunity to become involved within networks and to ensure that friends and families can stay ‘in touch’ regardless of their locations throughout the world.
It is undeniable that loneliness is detrimental to the mental and physical condition of human beings. Younger people may suffer loneliness, even in a city of millions of people, when they leave their work to return home each evening. The development of friendships with others, regardless of their age, provides an emotional outlet that can stimulate and provide enjoyment and fulfilment for all parties involved. Interaction can be as simple as going for a coffee with a colleague after work, joining a sports or fitness club, or attending a night class to learn a new skill or language. All of these types of interactions with other human beings can assist in developing companionship that will help in warding off health issues such as depression. Even those who ‘enjoy their own company’ require a level of interaction with others to remain well.