Loneliness & Isolation
Loneliness is a feeling of sadness about being by yourself or feeling disconnected from other people. Isolation is when we are separated from others. Feeling lonely and isolated is not uncommon. Most of us will feel lonely at some point in time, even if we are surrounded by people.
Feelings of loneliness and isolation are complex. For people who have CF, or care for someone who has CF, these feelings may made worse when you are unwell, if you are spending time in hospital or at home, or if you feel others don’t understand what you are experiencing or feeling.
While everyone feels lonely sometimes. Long periods of loneliness or social isolation can have a negative impact on your wellbeing. Over time is can:
- cause aches and pains and headaches
- affect sleep
- increase tiredness or lack of motivation
- cause a loss of appetite, sudden weight gain or loss
- increased the risk of depression, anxiety and paranoia
There are a range of different things you can try to help manage loneliness. There is no one strategy that will work in every situation for everyone. Try, and practice, several approaches until you find the combination that works best for you.
Connect with friends and family: If they don’t live nearby and you can’t connect in person, use technology.
Get out and about: Exercise, visit friends, go to public places.
Get involved in your community: Join a club, enrol in study, or learn a new skill.
Volunteer: Helping others can help you feel more connected.
Consider borrowing or adopting a pet: They can be great companions and provide support during times of stress, ill-health or isolation.
Get support: If your loneliness or isolation is impacting on your life you should discuss your concerns with someone you trust or your GP.
- Treatments and strategies
- Loneliness and isolation fact sheet (CFWA)
- Speak with your CF Psychologist or Social Worker, GP or a mental health professional
- More resources and support services for young people
- More resources and support services for parents and carers
If you are having a tough time and need someone to talk to right now, the following services are there to listen and help you out. They are confidential and available 24/7.
Lifeline – Call 13 11 14, Online Chat (7pm-12am), Visit lifeline.org.au
Kids Help Line – Call 1300 659 467, Online Chat, Visit kidshelpline.com.au
The views, experiences or comments shared on this website are not medical advice and may not reflect opinions or beliefs of Cystic Fibrosis Community Care. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions regarding your health.